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VCU alumni have a home at last. On 
May 9, 2000 the VCU Alumni 
Association officially opened the 
Richard T. Robertson Alumni House. 
After more than a century serving 
first as a private residence and later as a doctor's office, apartments-and 
home to many RPI and VCU students, it's altogether fitting that 924 West 
Franklin Street has a new life as the reflection of VCU's past and present. 
Everything about the three-story brownstone's design reflects its role 
linking old vi^ith new. The neo-Victorian decor of the first floor recalls the 
University's earliest days, an effect heightened by portraits of several of the 
school's founders, on long-term loan firom the Anderson Gallery. Under the 
guidance of Gary Inman '93MA/A, many of the special restoration touches- 

the elegant floor canvas greeting 
visitors in the entry, restored ceramic 
tiles around the building's many 
fireplaces, gilded and hand-painted 
French chairs, and the evocative 
mural in the stair hall-were created 
by alumni. 

Balancing this respect for the 
past are modern conveniences 
including handicapped entrance 
ramp and elevator, efficient 
association stafl^ space also designed 
by a VCU alumna, Cameron Stiles 
'81BFA, and cabling linking the 
I : building to the University's data 
network. 



I The next issue o/Shafer Court 
^ Connections will feature the house 
I with much more information and 
pictures. Can't wait? Come and see 
us! On Franklin Street, on the 
website. We look forward to 
welcoming you. 




Dr. Irani, Richard Robertson and 
Association President Hu^h Keogh 
cut the ribbon officially opening the 
Robertson Alumni House. 



THE WORD ON THE STREET 



It's been five years since the first issue ofShafer Court Connections, and felt 
like a good to time to revisit what we wanted to accomplish with the new 
name and look. The goal was to focus on alumni-what they are doing, 
where they have gone, what they hope to accomplish, and how they are 
affecting those close to them or on the other side of the world. From that to 
develop pride in ourselves and our University. And to do it with a dash of 
humor and humaneness. 

The name flowed naturally fi-om that goal. Whether you graduated in 
1935 or 1999, Shafer Street or Shafer Court is one thing all alumni have in 
common, the enduring center of activity through which all students passed. 

Connections? That's what the magazine's all about-connecting alumni 
to one another, connecting RPI traditions with VCU's future, tracing 
alumni and VCU's connections with the world. VCU has always been 
proud to be part of a city, part of the real world. Education here means being 
connected to the energy of everyday life, to its quarrels and compromises, 
disappointments and delights, its pragmatic setbacks and successes. 

After five years the goal still seems right and the name still fits. There are 
still so many things alumni are doing, ways they are affecting the world 
which we haven't explored, connections we don't know about. We're eager 
to learn more, so teU us. Stay in touch. 

VCU Alumni Association: P.O. Box 843044; 924 W. Franklin Street; Richmond, VA 
23221. (804) VCU-ALUM (828-2586); fax 828-8197; wvt'w.alumni.vai.edu/ 



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SOPPORTING THEIR DREAMS 

"My dream began in high school with the playful 
thought of having my own company," Catherine Branch 
'OOBS/E, told a crowd of scholarship recipients and 
donors at the first VCU Endowed Scholarship Dinner on 
November 17, 1999. 

Soon after Catherine came to VCU, everyone in the 
School of Engineering knew of her hope to get her MBA 
and start a pharmaceutical company voth her sister, 
Deidre Branch '96BS/P. Catherine thanks the School of 
Engineering faculty for "supplying me with the vital pieces 
to the puzzle" to make her plan a reahty. One of her professors encouraged 
her to apply for the Philip Morris Scholars Program. "Words cannot 
describe how happy I was when I found out that I had received the honor of 
becoming a Philip Morris Scholar-another blessing of support along the 
road to achieving my dream." Catherine graduated in May with an 
engineering major and a minor in business. She'll work as 
an engineer for Corning, Inc. for a few years before 
getting her MBA and starting her own company. 

Joiiny Cecka's dreams are different, but like 
Catherine's, carry others along vnth him.. Jonny had been 
going to school part-time while working at MCV of VCU 
to help put his wife Natalie '98BFA, through school. Once 
Natalie graduated and began teaching elementary school 
in Richmond, lonny hoped to go back to school full-time 
to get his degree; "but as you can well imagine, trying to 
get by on a single public school teacher's salary can be 
difficult." With the help of the VCU Alumni Association 
Scholarship, lonny returned to VCU full-time to finish his 
last semester in Art Education. 

lonny explained that the VCUAA Scholarship will have a "ripple effect" 
when he follows his dream and becomes a teacher next year. "I believe that 
the superior schooling I have received here at VCU has helped me to be an 
inspiring and effective teacher. Those future Richmond City students of 
mine, who flourish under my guidance, wiU also have you to thank." 
Teachers like Jonny will help their students dream true and strong. 

At the dinner, sponsored by the VCU Foundation and VCU Alumni 
Association, more than 100 VCU scholars from the Academic Campus met 
their donors. Hosts Provost Roderick McDavis and VCU Foundation 
President Dixon Whitworth congratulated the students, and thanked the 
donors who made their studies possible. Dr. McDavis told them, 
"Whatever your reason for giving so generously, you have chosen a way to 
make a lasting contribution to this University and to our students, with a 
gift that gives perpetually. We are truly gratefifl to you." 

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP OPDATE 

VCU has made raising money for merit scholarships a top priority. The 
VCU Alumni Association and donors to the new Alumni House, with the 
VCU Foundation created a $1.8 million pool of matching money available 
to double the endowed scholarship gifts of alumni, faculty and staff who 
establish a merit scholarship by June 30, 2000. When we started this 
challenge a year ago, there were seven endowed merit scholarships available 
to students on the Academic Campus. By June 1, 65 new merit scholarships 
had been established. 

Here's a rare chance to do a lot with a litfle. Twelve of those were 
established by VCU employees using payroll deductions over several years. 
There are other ways to make your money go farther than you would have 
dreamed. For more information on the Merit Scholarship Campaign or 
other ways to make a giff to the University, please contact Phillip Perdue at 
(804) 828-2047, or pperdue@vcu.edu. 



VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

Alumni Association Officers 



HughKeogh'81MS/MC 

President 

Kathleen Barrett '7 1 BS '73MS/B 

Presiitenl-Eka 

Andrew Hulcher'84BS/B 

Vice President 

J.Southall Stone 71 BS/B 

Secretary 

BethAyers'91MS/E 

Treasurer 

Stephanie Holt ■74BS/E 

Officer ot Large 

Chairs of Scho ol Alumni Boards 

Thomas House '95BGS/NTS 
NontraditiormI Studies Program 

Charles D. Massey '92BS/B 

School of Business 

Robert Ahnond '74BS '85ME<i/E 
School of Education 



Board of Directors 



Term Expiring 2m3 

EdSUpek'74BFA 

Peter Aiken '82 BS '85MS/B 

MarikaByrd'92BGS/NTS 

Susan Noble '96MT/E 

Nina Goodwyn '93BS/MC 

Mary Cosb/93/H8!S '96MS(RC)/AH 

Tcnn ExpiringlOOl 

Donna Coghill '90BFA '94MFA 

Eleanor Rumae Foddrell '82BS/B 

William Ginther '69BS 74MS/B 

Charles Greene '98BS/B 

Carol Negus '63BFA 

Cathy Pond 76BSW '80MSW 

KristiVera'97MSW 

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William Davis 74BS/H&S/CP A 79MS/H8tS/CPA 

TunothyMcKeever ^MBA 

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I was hoping someone would do a story 
like that on SOLs. An overview like that 
is just what I needed. 

Laura Cameron '83BS/MC 

Thank you for the advance copy of 
Shafer Court Connections. The article on 
SOLs is well done. I gready appreciate 
you highlighting Lee School The 
students and staff have worked hard as a 
team to provide a quality educational 
environment. 

Thank You! 

Vickie Oakley '88MEd 

The students and staff of Robert E. Lee 
Elementary School greatly appreciate 
your support of our educational 
endeavors. We appreciate your efforts 
on Robert E. Lee's behalf. 

Robert E. Lee Elementary School 
Richmond 

Ed. Note: Against opposition from parents 
and staff, Richmond Public School Board 
voted this spring to close Robert E. Lee 
School because the old building was 
underused and would be expensive to 
renovate. 

To writer Jean Huets, editor Mary 
Reynolds, and anyone else responsible 
for "Sweethearts" (Fall '99 Shafer Court 
Connections), the "enchanting" article 
(as one of the many friends remarked), 
comes our appreciation! Thank you for 
featuring us two, 50-year grads of 
Richmond Professional Institute. 

Your tide of our section, "Drama 
and Psychology" led readers to suspect 
something about opposites. Indeed, the 
feature suggests that "opposites may 
attract." We do! 

Thank you, also, for having us 
appear to have led a bit more dramatic 
years-of-study and early-marriage-days. 

All in all, friends have enjoyed "a 
chuckle or two," as one admitted. 

Someday, we hope you look into 
the Shakespeare Plays Books Collection 
wegaveVCU.,.. 

All Our Best! 

Meg '49MFA/A and "Doc" Jim Conner 

'49BS/H&S 

A few weeks ago, I received a feirly 
typical letter from Meg Conner 
'49MFA/A, suitably decorated with 
bright red ink and many, many points 
of exclamation. As so often happens, I 
gave up too soon tr)'ing to deduce her 
meaning, and it was not until this after- 
noon that the Fall issue of your 
magazine surfaced from die ancient 
strata on my desk and revealed a story 
about these dear old friends. 

And then, as if I had not wallowed 
enough in that pond of sentiment, there 
on the bottom of page 26 was a picture 
of me (1 think) with my beloved friend 
from the late forties Ann Heller. 



In that crazy world built and kept in 
dynamic imbalance by Henry Hibbs, 
Ann was the assistant to Margaret 
Johnson. Pay close attention, now: Dr. 
Margaret Johnson was in fact the dean 
of our college, but since Henry Hibbs 
could not be called president, he had to 
cany the title of Dean Hibbs. This 
caused a cascade: Margaret, who was the 
Dean, had to be called the Registrar, and 
Aim was thus billed as the Assistant 
Registrar. 

No matter; the thing worked, every- 
body stayed happy, and we got a pretty 
good education. The school paid Jim the 
high wage of 65 cents an hour as a 
scullery slave, and I earned 42 cents an 
hour during every registration as assis- 
tant to the assistant registrar. 

Sincerely yours, 

R.H. "Doc" Langley-Wood '49BS/B 

Shafer Court Connections is very impres- 
sive. It's much better than many other 
alumni magazines I've seen. The infor- 
mation is good, and the design is much 
more interesting, even compared with 
some magazines that have color, but still 
are flat. 

Aim Hoffler 
VCU Director of 
Stewardship 

Enjoyed the article on 
my old friend Dave 
Harvey ("Hemingway 
with a Camera," Fall 
'99 Connections) and 
catching up with his 
latest achievements. 
However, you did 
overlook one of his 
most significant con- 
tributions from his 
imdergraduate days. 

In 1964, 1 recruit- 
ed Dave and his fellow lensman from 
The Proscript, Perk Gormus, to serve as 
photographers for the 1965 Cobblestone. 
Their work ranged from mood studies 
of the campus to die more mundane 
group shots of campus social and civic 
clubs, but each photo added a greater 
degree of artistry Lo the yearbook. 

As editor, it was my honor to work 
with such tremendous talent, evident 
even in those formative years. 

Denton Cruse '66BS/MC 

P.S. — There was also an incident involv- 
ing skydiving and broken legs which was 
probably best left out of the article. 



Late-but eternal-gratitude 

Meg Conners' letter mentions editor 
Mary Reynolds. Mary was the able 
interim editor for April-Iune '99, while 
I was on leave teaching in Slovakia. I 
want to acknowledge her capable 
coverage on the alumni magazines 
for both campuses. — MEM 




General Assembly Highlights 

To prepare for the 2000 session of the General Assembly, Dr. Trani and VCU 
staff worked very hard throughout the year to brief members of the General 
Assembly and the Governor's administration. 

Many of VCU's legislative priorities were included in the Governor's 
proposed budget annoimced in December. These included funding for the 
School of Engineering; and authorization to use non-general tiution funds from 
out-of-state students. We are grateful that Governor Gilmore included $22 
million for our top priority, funding for indigent care at VCU's MCV Hospitals, 
and that the General Assembly adopted the Governor's recommendation. 

We are pleased that all of VCU's legislative priorities were funded in the 
General Assembly's budget: 

$3.6 million in funding to expand our Life Sciences Program 
• $1.9 million for capital construction renovations to the James Branch Cabell 

and Tompkins-McCaw Libraries, and 

$ I million for the School of Engineering. 

VCU also will receive approximately $12 million for computers and high- 
tech laboratory equipment-such as a pentium electron microscope-through the 
Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund; $250,000 to enhance campus safety; 
and $241,850 for student financial aid. 

To inaease efficiency in clinical and educational practices, the MCV 
Hospitals Authority at VCU requested that a bill be inti-oduced to amend its 
administrative structure and change the name of the Medical College of Virginia 
Hospitals Authority to the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System 
Authority. The measure was adopted by both houses and was signed by the 
Governor on April 8, 2000. 

The General Assembly gave careftil consideration to more 
than twenty bills about the issue of the Certificate of Public 
Need, now necessary before hospitals may expand buildings or 
services. VCU worked with the Medical Society of Virginia, the 
Hospital and Healthcare Association and others to bring a favor- 
able resolution. The most substantive bill, Senate Bill 337, 
requires a transition plan for deregulating COPN, and includes 
two important safeguards for academic medical centers. The bill 
requires General Assembly approval before the plan is imple- 
mented, and factors in the need to address the care of indigent 
patients. Governor Gilmore signed the legislation on April 9. 
We are extremely pleased with VCU's success during the 
2000 General Assembly session, and we are already planning 
VCU's legislative strategy for next year. 

Don Gehrig, Vice President for External Relations 



Recreation Special for Sporting Spouses 

Is your spouse a good sport? VCU Reaeational Sports is pleased to offer 
memberships to spotises of alumni Recreational Sports members. An annual 
spouse membership, September 1 — ^August 31, is $190.00. New member- 
ships are prorated on a monthly basis, with prices adjusted from the begin- 
ning of each month. Reaeational Sports membership provides access to the 
Shiart Siegel Center, MCV Campus Reweation and Aquatic Center, and the 
Cary Street Reaeation Complex. 

VCU offers family recreation 
hours for children under 18 only on 
Sunday afternoons. They must be 
directly supervised at all times and 
are restricted from some activities. 
Hours are seasonal and may vary at 
each facility, so call ahead for 
specifics. Information and registra- 
tion forms for family recreation are 
available at each service desk. 

For more membership informa- 
tion, contact David Heflin at the 
MCV Campus Recreation and 
Aquatic Center at (804) 828-6039, 
dheflin@satum.vcu.edu. 




SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



Research Review Reinstated 

In I ViciiihcT, Ihc limtl jml I )nii; 
AilniiniMniliiin and llif Nalicinal Inslilulo 
ofllc.illli anmiiina'd ihal V(1I\ 
Insliliilional Ucvicw liiiard (lUIi) practia' 
fell shdrt 1)1 guidelines and declared a mora- 
torium on research involving human 
subjects. Although no subjecXs had been 
harmed, the agencies felt the potential for 
harm was there, and ordered VCU lo halt 
enrollmenLs in clinical studies. In lanuary, 
the Oliice for Protection from Research 
Wslcs (OFKK) suspended all federally 
.supported research projects with human 
subjects, unless for the benefit of patients- 
such as trials of new cancer drugs. Duke 
University and several others were also 
brought up short by OPRR within the 
last year. 

Acting with dispatch, VCU has clarified 
human research guidelines to faculty, 
replaced key people overseeing the process, 
tightened its research review process, and 
hired an independent review board, which 
has reviewed more than 700 projects now 
again in progress. 

On the Academic Campus, projects in 
psychology, education, public policy, and 
social work have been affected. Provost 
Dr. Roderick McDavis says VCU is about 
halfway through the process of reevaluating 
1 ,500 projects, and that "vulnerable popula- 
tions" in clinical trials take precedence. 

Both faculty and graduate research has 
been delayed. A faculty committee is 
reviewing requests from students where 
work toward a degree may be delayed. With 
faculty research, "it will be a couple of years 
before we see the impact on promotion and 
tenure decisions." Researchers are still sub- 
mitting proposals for funding, but once 
funded, "they go into the queue" for review. 

In early lune, the OPRR gave VCU 
approval to reinstate its own review panels, 
putting the process in fast forward. By the 
fall, or possibly lanuary, 2001, the re- 
reviews should finish. 

McDavis emphasizes the long-term 
benefits; "We've all learned a great deal. It 
will make us all much more sensitive, more 
carefiiL It will make us a better university." 




So Doc, how soon can I play? VClfs 
the Siegel Center. The 42,000 GSF but 
Support Services; the new VCU Sporti 
Sports Medicine Clinic. The first floor 
and university meetings. Construction 



$6,962,000 Sports Medicine Building is going upatliOO West Broad Street, west of 
Iding will provide office space for the VCU Athletic Department; Student-Athlete 
Center Craduate Program; University Student Health Services; and MCV Hospilali 
wilt include retail space, a VCU Police office, and space for community programs 
began April 3, 20(X), scheduled for completion in July 2fX)l. 



Chair Brings Harmony 

lohn Guthmiller, associate professor of 
music at VCU, became interim chair of 
the Department of Music in lanuary. 
Guthmiller hopes "to create and develop 
an environment that maximizes the 
potential of the department, its faculty 
and its students." 

He is used to making harmony. 
Former assistant chair of music and VCU 
choral director, Guthmiller is also director 
and conduclor of the Richmond Concert 
Chorale and the Williamsburg Choral 
Guild. His choirs have performed aaoss 
the U.S., in Poland and the former Soviet 
Union. The search for a permanent chair 
begins this fall. 

Emphasis on Undergrads 

Dr. Patricia Cummins has been appointed 
VCU's vice provost for academic affairs. 
Cummins was dean of the College of Arts 
and Sciences at the University of Toledo 
fi-om 1995-98 and professor of romance 
languages. 

Her top priorities at VCU are reten- 
tion efforts, and reviewing and inaeasing 
the effectiveness of undergraduate 
academic programs. She will help imple- 
ment the University's new Center for 



Opening Doors 

VCU's Siegel Center looked like a national 
political convention when hundreds 
gathered to pay homage to Virginia states- 
man L. Douglas Wilder, die nation's first 
elected black governor. More than 650 
people joined Virginia Governor Jim 
Gilmore and VCU President Eugene Trani 
to honor Wilder on the 10th armiversary 
of his historic inauguration. 

Thanking the aowd. Wilder com- 
mented, "People say, 'how could this be 
done in Virginia?' I always thought the 
South would proNide the first opportunity. 
People here know each other better, 
whether they want to or not," the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. He 
added a challenge: "The door has been opened. No door stays open by itself." 

Proceeds from the event launched the L. Douglas Wilder Scholars Program, a\varding 
scholarships to exemplan' students who attend a Virginia college or university. 

A portrait of Wilder painted by Loryn Brazier '62BA/A unveiled that night (.ibove, with 
the artist) will hang at the Smithsonian National Portrait Guillen- in Washington. 




Teaching Excellence, aeated to provide 

technical support to faculty. She will 
monitor the progress of VCU's Strategic 
Plan, work on reacaeditation, and be the 
liaison with the State Council of Higher 
Education for Virginia. 

Top of the Class 

Ten VCU graduate prograiTis are among 
the best In the country, according to U.S. 
News & World Report's 200 1 rankings. 
Top programs include: 

Sculpture, 5di 

Rehabilitation Counseling, 7th 

Health Services Administration, 8th 

Community Health, 1 1th 

Social Work, 13tii 

Physical Therapy, 15th 
• Drug/ Alcohol Abuse, 16th 

Fine Arts, 19th 

Nursing, 52nd 

"Our peers around the counOry 
recognize VCU as a top imiversity that 
offen high-quality graduate and profes- 
sional education," said VCU President 
Eugene Trani. "This is another benchmark 
that signifies we are meeting and exceeding 
the needs of our students." 

Using different criteria each year, U.S. 
News surveys deans and other university 
ofiicials to rate the best programs in 
each field. 

Worth It 

.\ recent \'CU study found that using the 
drug tamoxifen against breast cancer in 
high-risk women "is one of the most cost- 
effective medical intenentions known," 
says Dr. Thomas Smith, chair of hematol- 
ogy and oncology at \'CU's Massey Cancer 
Center and principal investigator. 

"Using tamoxifen is more cost- 
effective than mammography in detecting 
early breast cancer, or the use of hyperten- 
sion drugs to prevent strokes and heart 
atacks." Currently, some patients using 
tamoxifen who are not enrolled in dinical 
trials must pay the annual sl,0OO-plus 
cost themselves. 

The tirst cost-effectiveness anah-sis 
of tamoxifen, the study appeared in The 
Journal of Clinical Oncology in lanuar*', 
co-authored by Smith and N'CU's 
Dr.BmceHillner. 




Board of Visitors 
Governor Gilmorc bn appobual new 
memben for VCU's Board of Vailon. 
Ralph "BiD'' Axsdle |r. b a Richmond 
lawyer, lobbyisl and fonner Ddegtfe ID. 
Henrico^ Dr. Stephen Long "SfiMD 
'STHS/M, a former facuin- member of the 
School of Medidxie, u a medical direoor 
of the Center for Pain Relief in Richmond 
Monty Plymak 70BS/B is CEO of the 
Friendship .Manor, a retirement connnu- 
nity in Roanoke. 

e-com.edu7 

Dr. Michael Sesnowitz will 
assume the helm of VQTs 
School of Business as new 
dean July 1. As dean of the 
business school at the 
University of Vermont, he 
worked with local businesses 
and attracted out-of-state 
students to campus — a major VCX 
priority. His experience in Vetmont w9 
help the School b^e realize its viaoa of 
blending technok^-, student reoruitiii^ 
business partnerships and research. 

Sesnowitz plans to aplofe how best 
to expand \'arious areas of study Uke 
e-commace. "Do we need a separate 
program, or do w^ need to inootpoiate e- 
commerce in {existing] couise^ Or do we 
do both?" reported die Rjdmwnd Times- 
Dispatch. 

Our Woman in Washington 

Dietra Trent '95.\1PA,HS6 r^ Ixen 
named direaor of federal relations in die 
Di\ision of External Rebtjons for VCU. 
Trent is increasing VCX's \isibifity among 
members and staff of Congress, oecutire 
branch agencies and natiooal oiganiza- 
tions^ She is also influencing 
and monitoring policy 
development and important 
legisbtion and securing 
ftmding tor specific projects. 
\'CU has used lobbyii^ 
firms in Washii^ton, firms 
that also have odier schools 
as dients. Trent points out 
that as part otTCU, T have 
a direa investnioit in these lic-utj^ .^-.c ,: 
definite})- an adi-ant^ to havs ixiur own 
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Medical Heads 
Change Helms 

The MCV Hospital 
Authority, a quasi- 
private organization 
that manages the 
Hospitals, is expand- 
ing to include the 
MCV Physidans group and will now be 
called the VCU Health System Authority. 
The General Assembly approved the 
move to increase efficiency in clinical and 
educational practices. 

"Our goal is nothing less than attain- 
ing national leadership in health-care 
teaching, research and patient care," said 
VCU President Eugene Trani. 

Dr. Hermes Kontos (above), former 
vice president for health sciences and dean 
of the School of Medicine, was appointed 
CEO of the VCU Health System 
Authority. Dr. Heber Newsome, senior 
associate dean of medicine, became the 
new dean of the medical school 

Eye&Ear&MCVH 

VCU's MCV Hospitals and Richmond Eye 
& Ear Hospital are planning to operate an 
ambulatory surgery center in Richmond's 
Stony Point, near the outpatient facility for 
MCV Physidans diere. The center will be 
the area's largest facility for ophthalmology 
and otolaryngology patient care, offering 
the most current treatments. MCVH's 
plans for further expansion at Stony Point 
include orthopedic, gynecological and 
pediatric general surgeries. 

The $7 million medical office building 
is under construction, to open next 
summer, when Richmond Eye & Ear wiD 
move its entire operation to Stony Point, 
and MCVH will take possession of 
Richmond Eye & Ear Hospital's current 
downtown facility. 

Hedge against Hepatitis C 

An MCV Hospitals study published in the 
Journal of Gastroenterology has demon- 
strated for the first time that long-term use 
(sue months) of interferon therapy is effec- 
tive against chronic hepatitis C. 

The study of 53 chronic patients 
suggests that "long-term interferon 
therapy can prevent the disease's progres- 
sion and ultimately reduce the risk for liver 
cancer and the need for liver transplants," 
says lead author Dr. Mitchell Shiffinan 
'88HS/M. "This is critically important 
because hepatitis C infections and deaths 
have been forecast for dramatic inaeases 
over the next two decades." 

The Heart Beat 

MCV Hospitals has been named a 1999 
Consumer Choice Award winner for heart 
care service. It was the only Richmond area 
hospital among the 124 hospitals named in 
rankings for spedalties and annoimced in 
the Nov. 8 issue of Modem Healthcare. 

Overall, MCVH was one of 126 
Consumer Choice Award Winners for 
1999, chosen by consiuners as having the 
highest quality and image for healdicare 
services. MCVH tied Bon Secours St 
Mary's Hospital for die Richmond area. 



It's a Wrap 

VCU now has a Bachelor of Fine Arts 
program in Photography and Film, with 
enrollment starting this fall. Dale 
Quarterman, chair of photography and 
film, commented, "Student interest in 
careers in photography and film is really at 
a high, as is file need for professional pho- 
tographers and filmmakers in die state of 
Virginia." 

The program will give first and second 
year students a foundation in photogra- 
phy, media arts, visual communication 
and art history, tiien they may concentrate 
in still photography, fihnmaking or both. 
The department aheady offers all BFA 
required courses. 

The degree will prepare students for 
careers in corporate, freelance, documen- 
tary, advertising, portrait, digital and 
industrial photography. Filmmakers could 
be directors, animators, camera operators, 
editors, gaffers, screenwriters and produc- 
ers. More than 50 commimication arts and 
design students and more than 30 general 
.studies students curtentiy are concentrat- 
ing in photography and film. The depart- 
ment expects 100-200 students to enroll in 
the next four years. 

Napoleon: Live 
(and kicking) at VCU 

when Napoleon cried out for help at 
Waterioo, VCU Theatre Chair David 
Leong stepped up to do batde with an 
army of students and a call for 'Action!' 
Creators of "Napoleon: The Musical" 
visited VCU in December when intema- 
tionally known fight director Leong chore- 
ographed the show's batde sequences. 

Writer Andrew Sabiston, composer 
Tim Williams and opera director 
Francesca Zambello turned VCU's 
Raymond Hodges Theatre into 
Napoleon's stomping ground for a week 
and enlisted 36 lucky theater students to 



act out scenes. The production follows 
Napoleon's rise and fall as a leader and 
lover, and opens in September in London. 
Leong is one of only 10 certified fight 
masters in the worid with more than 250 
productions under his (black) belt. 

Our Prized Students 

Drama and Mystery VCU student play- 
wrights have received national and inter- 
national praise for their work. Junior 
Emily Roderer's 10-minute play 
"Scheherazade" was feaUired in lanuary at 
the Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, 
and Jimior Wendy Mathis Parker's one- 
act, "Triple A," appeared in Romania's 
Sibiu International Theafre Festival tiiis 
spring. Roderer's script was one of six 
chosen from 2,000 for "Wintenmezzo," an 
annual apprentice showcase. Parker's play 
competed with scripts from 56 coimtries 
and was among seven presented in play- 
reading performance and radio theater. 

Junior Brian Murphy is one of only 
four students in die United States to win 
die Maurice Kanbar Award at New York's 
Hunter College National Student Festival 
for Film, Video and New Media. Murphy 
wrote, directed and produced the 15- 
minute film "Rituals, Routines & Hidden 
Agendas," tiiat won die undergraduate 
narrative prize. 

Dressed for Success A Chinese silk dress 
designed by two VCU juniors made it to 
the finals of Chic Qiinois, an intemational 
design competition in Beijing. Fashion 
design major Kristin Biddle and Kevin 
Kitun Fung, double major in computer 
science and art, designed die dress to rep- 
resent woman's grace and autiiority. The 
task was to blend ancient Chinese culture 
with contemporary materials and themes. 
The design, chosen from 1,200, vrill be 
shown in Paris, Beijing and Japan. 

A passion for lollipops has landed one 
VCU student sweet success. Junior 
Kadierine Vest put her love for Dum- 
Dimis on her sleeve when a class assign- 
ment challenged her to create an outfit 
from recyclable goods. Her dress made 




"Practice, practice." The Greater Richmond Children's Choir of VCU'i 
Community School for the Performing Arts made its New York debut in 
April performing in Carnegie Hall's "Field Studies International Festival 
2000. " The choir, directed by Hope Armstrong Erb, received the highest 
rating of 20 children's choirs and was named a featured choir. 



entirely from Dum-Dum wrappers has a 
flavorfiil ftiture. 

Spangler Candy, Dum-Dtuns' maker, 
showcased her design on its website and 
PR materials, and Vest might reproduce 
the dress for exhibition at its trade shows. 
At home. Vest's good taste won her a spot 
in 1708 Gallery's charity fashion show 
where it was named "Most Recyclable." 
The Valentine Museum is displaying die 
dress in its "Fashion Recycled" exhibit. 
In Addition The VCU Adcenter opened 
in August 1996 and has been pulling down 
awards, recognition and great jobs for 
graduates ever sincee. The One Club for 
Art and Copy voted two advertisements 
created by VCU Adcenter students among 
the 10 best smdent ads in the 1990s. One 
magazine pubhshed winners in its winter 
1999 issue. 




Art Revival 

A VCU art historian has curated the first 
fiill-scale rettospective in two decades on 
American painter Lee Krasner, late wife of 
Jackson Pollock. Robert Hobbs, Rhoda 
Thalhimer Endowed Chair in Art History, 
assembled more dian 60 paintings, collages 
and drawings for a national tour beginning 
at die Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
and continuing in Des Moines and Akron 
dirough the summer to finish at the 
Brooldyn Museum of Art in New York 
October 6- January 7, sponsored by Philip 
Morris. 

The show begins with early figurative 
work and runs dirough a 50-year career 
marked by constant reinvention. Krasner 
emerged in the 1930s as "one of the 
important young vanguard artists in New 
York," says Hobbs. When she met Pollock, 
then an unknown, "history quickly 
reversed itself." Hobbs is looking for a 
critical reinvention for Krasner with diis 
new national exposure. 

Transplanting UNOS 

UNOS, an organization that manages die 
nation's organ transplants, is moving from 
Chesterfield County to die Virginia 
Biotechnology Park adjacent to tiie MCV 
Campus. UNOS coordinates die matching 
and distribution of donated organs to 
waiting patients. It also maintains die 
worid's most comprehensive medical 
database for potential donors and patients. 
The agency has coordinated nearly 200,000 
transplants since 1987. 

VCU President, Dr. Eugene Trani, will 
co-chair the UNOS campaign to raise $8 
million locally to fund construction of 
UNOS' new headquarters at die Park. 



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It Shoots, It Scores! 

Their playing's a liltic nicthanical. 
Shooting from center court, they make a 
trough, not a basket. And isn't 5' a little 
short for this game? 

Call it not-quite-basketball. It's a 
FIRST, the robotics competition For 
Inspiration and Recognition of Science 
and Technology sponsored by NASA at 
Langlcy and the VCU School of 
Engineering, at the Siegel Center's Alltel 
Pavilion March 17-19. 

Thirty-nine high school teams 
competed in the South Atlantic Regional 
(extending to the South Atlantic off 
Brazil). The players began life sL\ weeks 
before as a box of parts. Each team of 
students (with professional advisors) took 
the aluminum, fiberglass and plywood 
pieces and made a robot to specs. 

Since robot-teams played two-on-two, 
the human teams had to cooperate as well 
as compete. "We learned to work with 
others even if they're working against us," 
said student Terrans Purcell. 

Langley's "NASA Knights" won the 
competition. But everyone took a "prize." 
Kristina Angelone of Midlothian High 
School near Richmond commented, "This 
definitely has been a great way to learn 
about engineering. It's something that'll be 
useful to us for the rest of our lives." 



E-exchange 

In .1 new lii(;li leth tradeoff, V(X sludenls 
are learning valuable computer skills they 
can immediately put to use at area compa- 
nies. The idea came from a realization that 
V( ',V\ information systems dcparlmeni 
"needed to be more useful to the business 
community," said George Kasper, 
chairman of VCU's Information Systems 
Department, as reported in the Richmond 
Timci'Dhpulch. 

On a recommendation by Reynolds 
Metals Co., IBM donated a $250,000 
ASMOOe server and $400,000 software 
package to the VCU Department; and |.D. 
Edwards kicked in its OneWorld software. 
Once server savvy, students will work on 
die same computer systems at Reynolds 
Metals and may even link into jobs. 

VCU's program is one of a handful 
nationwide offering hands-on experience 
with the AS/400 server and its software. 

Digital Revolutionaries 

"We're preparing people for jobs that 
don't exist now," says Terry Oggel, the 
Acting Director of VCU's School of Mass 
Communications. "The digital revolution 
changes everything. We have to look at the 
way that affects individual courses as weO 
as the entire curriculum of the School." 
With faculty, alumni and other profession- 
als, the faculty is developing a new strategic 
plan for the 800 Mass Comm undergradu- 
ates. 

Oggel points out that "We're seeing a 
convergence of media. A news editor has 
to work in electronic media, for example. 
The new curriculum will see "an overlap of 
disciplines, of the tracks in public relations, 
news editing, electronic media and adver- 
tising." 

Five current faculty searches will build 
those areas. Two are new positions, and all 
are tenure track, focusing on electronic 
media, media graphics and advertising. A 
major initiative is converting from analog 
to digital equipment. The digital technolo- 
gy center the School envisions will need 
$1.57 million in state, private and alumni 
funding for equipment. The 2 1st centtiry 




Image-Makers 

VCU's Department of Communication Am and Design v*-as wdJ reprcsaittd at 
The Illustration Conference in Santa Fe last Octobtr, Th« three-<by event «ra» a 
first, bringing together more than 400 freelance iDustraton, art educaton, art 
buyers, artist's representatives, art directors and destgnen. 

Hot topics included the effect of the web and hov,- the changing busineM 
climate has drastically affected the status and bottom line of fllusJrators. Biyan 
Leister '85BFA (right) spoke to illustrators about developing a database of 
images on a website that would be accessible to clients online for reuse. With 
Bryan are Becky Heavner '85BFA, Chad Cameron '94BFA, Robert Meganck 
(CDE faculty), Mike Hodges (former CDE facult>-; and .Mei Bostic (CDE 
factiltyu www.bryanleister.com the conference: http-J/wwwjDustconfocg/ 



News Center is already integrated into the 
undergraduate programs. 

The School's graduates will be a lot 
more than sound-bite web wonders, 
however. "Our students will continue to be 
sU'ong in the core liberal arts areas, like 
writing and critical thinking. We will 
always emphasize discerning judgment," 
Oggel says. "Ethics and legal issues will be 
an integral part of the courses." 

Mother development is the question 
of accreditation. Last year VCU' decided to 
let the School's acaeditation lapse. Since 
then, Mass Comm faculty has voted to 
seek re-acaeditation, which \'CU will 
pursue as the restructured School takes 
shape within the next few years. 

As for graduate programs on sus- 
pended admission e.xcept for the .■\dcenter, 
"We anticipate they'll be reinstated year 
after next in selected areas-journalism edu- 
cation and perhaps media management 
are two strong possibilities. There may be a 



Silver Screen 



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Cest Unique 

I "The Festival enriches all ofus. It is literally 
' unmatched by any other film festival in our 
nation." Flanked by some charmed French 
actors, VCU provost Dr. Roderick McDavis, 
opens the 8th VCU French Film Festival on 
April 1, 2000 at the Byrd Theatre. 

The Department of Foreign Langui^es 
sponsors the only all-French fiestival in the 
United States. A delegation of 16 French 
actors, directors and producers descended 
on Richmond to present six new features 
""'^ *^ and ei^t shorts. Several were wiimers or 

nominees for awards at Cannes 1999, or C&ars (French Oscars). Among others, directors Jean-^Loup Hubert and Eric 
Guirado introduced their prizewinners and discussed le cinema &an(;ais. The festival, founded and run by French pro- 
fessor Peter Kirkpatrick, drew 6,000 cinemaphiles, and the assistance of the French cultural attache, Lazare Paupert 

SayAnythii^ 

The avant-guard went forward April 10-16 for The James River Fihn Festival sponsored by Ae Department of Art 
History. Animator Karen Aqua (Sesame Street), composer Tom Verlaine (Flashli^t) and fihnmaker Alan Berliner 
(Nobody's Business) were major attractions. Films, lectures and workshops at VCU, UR, VUU, and museums and 
theaters all over Richmond covered the art and politics of independent filmmaking. 



business/ mass communicalioni propam 
for manning online companies,' 
saysOggd 

Wired Students 

VCU will join a growing lisi of unneniiies 
requiring all incoming freshmen to bring a 
personal computer, beginning in 2001. 
The Universit)- will equip e\«ry dorm 
room with computer ports and wiD make 
it easier for students living off campus to 
access campus resources. \'CU wiD negod- 
ate pricing contracts with multiple 
pro\iders for discounted prices on new 
computers, with baseline computer speci- 
fications set and revised e%ei>- >^ar. 

A recent surve>' fouixl that in 1999, 53 
percent of incoming \'CU fiedhmen bad a 
computer and another 17 percent ptanned 
to purchase one. 

Med School in NOVA 

VCU has asked approval from tbe Slate 
Council of Higher EducaticMi to launch a 
branch of its medical school in Noobeni 
Virginia, to operate in paitneisfaip with die 
iive-hospital Inova Health System. The 
project is the first of diis magnitiide for 
any medical school in \lrginia. 

The project could be underwa>- as 
earh- as mid-2000, begirming with me(&al 
smdent rotations at Inov-a. It wxMild lake 
up to five \iears to set up complete meifical 
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Trading TIPS 

In a world gone global, investing has never 
been easier to do-or more complicated to 
decipher. International brokers, bankers 
and economists traveled to VCU March 23 
to help students see where in die world 
international stocks, bonds, mutual fiinds 
and venture capital are headed. The 
International Business Forum, "Global 
Investing: The Future of Economic 
Growth and Prosperity," was hosted by 
VCU's School of Business. Dr. David 
Dubofsky, chair of VCU's finance, 
insurance and real estate department 
moderated. 

The experts discussed three democra- 
cies they see changing the face of global 
investing: the democracy of information 
on the Internet, where anyone can access 
company and stock information and trade 
themselves; the democracy of technology - 
anyone computer-equipped has easy 
access to the world; and the global spread 
of political democracy-an electronic herd 
of investors can move money quickly. 

"Never before has there been such a 
wide range of investment opportunities 
around the world," said Dr. Van Wood, 
VCU's Philip Morris Chair in Interna- 
tional Business and marketing professor. 
"Democracy has arrived in global finance. 




Anyone can invest. Similarly, anyone can 
offer investments. The future lies with 
those who have the information." 

On a student's request for insider tips, 
Warren Mosler, founder of Adams, Viner 
& Mosler in West Palm Beach, PL warned 
against an "overpriced" stock market sus- 
ceptible to impending recession, and rec- 
ommended treasury investment protected 
securities (TIPS) — what he called the safest 
investments aroimd. But Dr. Anthony 
Aylward, a financial officer at the World 
Bank in Washington, disagreed, advising 
students to buy technology stocks. 

A week later, technology stocks 
plunged. Even the experts lose some. 



Pyramid Power 

David Colby and 60 other students took a 
risk enrolling four years ago in VCU's first 
class of engineering majors. The payoff 
came on May 13 when VCU's first engi- 
neering graduates, and the first class of the 
millennium, graduated together. 

Dr. Robert Mattauch, engineering 
school dean, described the school's incep- 
tion as a "leap of faith" for all involved. 
"We finally now have external validation 
of the success of our new program." 

Top graduate programs at M.I.T., 
California Institute of Technology, UC- 
Berkeley and the University of Delaware 
want Colby and fellow classmates. 



National companies such as IBM, Ethyl, 
Dupont, Honeywell and Motorola and 
local bigwigs Philip Morris, Virginia Power 
and White Oak Semiconductor are 
wooing VCU engineering grads. 

Building on success, the School will 
begin master's and doctoral programs in 
this fall. The new interdisciplinary 
programs incorporate chemical, electrical 
and mechanical engineering witii educa- 
tional and research experiences in manu- 
facturing and business. With tremendous 
industry support, the programs will also 
ofter unique courses in manufacturing 
systems, business, management and entre- 
preneurial activities. VCU pledged to the 
state that the new programs would operate 
without additional state funding. 

In December, the Engineering 
Foundation honored key board member 
Eva Teig, senior vice president of Virginia 
Power and Dominion Resources. Teig was 
instrumental in getting the school under 
way with a major gift from Virginia Power. 
In fact, it was Teig who suggested using a 
pyramid as the architectural signature on 
the school's new building-and now, who 
could imagine the School without its 
pyramid power? 





"You must understand what Robert 
Maynard called the 'fault lines' that 
divide society by race, class, gender, 
geography and generation. This 
is crucial to writing fair and 
balanced journalism." 

Dorothy Gilliam, veteran reporter, 
editor and columnist for The 
Washington Post and 2000 Virginius 
Dabney Distinguisfied Professor 
at the Scfiool of Mass 
Communications, March 26-30 



"We should 
have the entire 
human genome 
script by 2001, 
years ahead of 
schedule. But 
figuring out 
what it means is the exciting part. It's 
places like the Biotech Park where 
solutions will bubble up." 

Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the 
National Human Genome Research 
Institute, inaugural lecture of Evening 
at Bio-Tech, at VCU Medical Sciences 
Auditorium, November 18 




"Inner cities face two core impedi- 
ments to financial services: lack of 
economies of scale and lack of good 
information. But 20,000 parish- 
ioners investing $500 a piece can 
wield $10 million. By partnering 
with strong social organizations 
such as churches, financial institu- 
tions can benefit both themselves 
and investors." 

Dr. Peter Tufano, Harvard University 
business professor, Charles G. 
Thalhimer Family Scholar-in- 
Residence at VCU's School of 
Business, April 13-14, 




"If you can 
understand the 
landscape of a 
chemical change or 
a biological change, 
you might be able 
to alter the land- 
scape." 




"I hope you can 
envision a future of 
our country that's 
better. Make a 
commitment to 
improve the com- 
munity in which 
you live." 

David Satcher, US 

Surgeon General 
speaking to more 
than 4,200 graduates 
at VCU Commence- 
ment, May 13 



Dr. Ahmed Zewail, 1999 Nobel 
Laureate in Chemistry, His experi- 
ments opened the new field of femtochemistry, 
w/here a high-speed laser camera can take pictures 
of molecules during a chemical or biological reaction. 
A femtosecond is 1 to minus-1 5 seconds, or 
0.000000000000001 second. His discover/ could 
affect fields from drug development to microelec- 
tronics. Keynote speaker, VCU-hosted International 
Symposium on Cluster and Nanostructure 
Interfaces, October 25 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



Symbiosis 

In J iiKivc ihal l)riri(;sthc- medical and 
aoidcmic campuses closer lo a unified 
University, VCV named Ur. Thomas I-. 
Huff as its new interim vice provost for life 
sciences. Huff, microbiology and 
immunology professor and Institutional 
Grants Program director for VCVi 
Masscy Cancer Center, will lead the devel- 
opment of cross-campus education and 
scholarship in life sciences. At VCU, these 
include science, mathematics, medicine, 
technology and engineering. 

"Now our students can benefit fi'om 
the experti.se of outstanding scientists on 
bodi the academic and medical 
campuses," said VCU President Eugene 
Trani. The vice provost will develop new 
degree programs in life sciences, create 
basic research and clinical experiences for 
students on both campuses, establish new 
research projects, and recruit new faculty. 
He will work from VCU's Life Sciences 
Building on the academic campus, to be 
finished in summer 2001. 

Huff has been on the faculty since 
1985. 



Impressionable Minds 

You've heard it countless times — 
America's youth are exposed to Ux> much 
violence. But the impact of what's on the 
screen is negligible compared to what kids 
sec on the street or at home. A new report 
by VCU criminal justice researcher Dr. 
Colleen McLaughlin McCue, explores the 
glamorization and normalization of neigh- 
borhood violence. 

"Violent crime rates alone do not ade- 
quately communicate the overall health of 
a community," says McCue's report in 
April's debut issue of Trauma, Violence 
& Abuse. 

The study describes homicide scenes 
as carnivals where trucks sell snack food to 
audiences full of children. "Parents worry 
about the violence that kids see on TV or 
in the movies, but how much more will 
children be affected by what they see in 
their own neighborhood?" 

Community Nursing 

The School of Nursing got a major boost 
with a $500,000 gift from the Theresa 
Thomas Foundation to support the 
School's programs for imderserved urban 
residents. 

Dr. loanne Henry became the first 
Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foimdation 



Endowed Profcwir and direcu the gift't 
use, identifying unmet health needi in 
Kichmond's urban ajmmunily. '!>r. 
Henr/s record of advancing health care li> 
the traditionally undcriervcd a exUvitdi- 
nary," said Dr. Nancy l-angston, nursing 
school dean, "fjommitmenl to the im- 
munity is a fundamental a.spcct of her life 
and work." 

Research Confederate 

Dr. Kobert 1 ombcs, a .Masw.7 '^ncer 
Center scientist turned from miCTo- 
scope to miaofiche to qualify for a 
research grant from the R, Qifton 
Brooks Fund. Br<X)ks established the 
eccentric fund to provide grants to 
descendants of Confederate Civil War 
veterans who are conducting biomed- 
ical research. 

So scientist Tombcs turned historian, 
searching the archives of Richmond's 
Museum of the Confederacy to confirm 
descent from his Confederate great-great 
grandfather, Robert Gaines Haile (whose 
best friend was the Lost Cause's most 
famous martyr MC\' alumnus William 
Latane 1853MDJ. Haile's Ci\Tl War 
journal and letters were so interesting 
Tombes published a book. Tell the 
Children HI Be Home When the Peaches 




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did the cover illustration, book deagn ax: 
production. 

The book came out bst October, the 
sartK week Tombe receivtd official 
notice-from |.LB. Stuart I\'-that his 
Brooks Fund proposal vas fiiSy ftmled 

For more on the science and the 
history, see http-V/satum-sxiiedu/- 
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"In the next 10 years or so, 
most of the best and bright- 
est engineers at CM will 
be women. My comments 
reflect the population and 
the trend in the work force." 

G. Richard Wagoner Jr., 

president and CEO of General 
Motors Corp., quoted in Style 
Weekly. Wagoner revived 
GM-now the world's largest 
company-by cutting costs and 
reshaping the way it designs 
and builds its cars. Charles G. 
Thalhimer Family Executive- 
in-Residence at VCU's School 
of Business, February 16-17 



"The combined etforts to 
make feminism a part of 
the mainstream and to end 
white supremacy are crucial 
if we are to live in a world 
where peace and justice 
prevail." 



Tara Donovan '99MFA, 

Her sculpture "Ripple," 
made of cut electnc 
cables, is featured in the 
Biennial exhibit at New 
York's Whitney Museum 
of American Art. She has 
also received a $10,000 
National Joan Mitchell 
Foundation Award in the 
Visual Arts, 



bell hooks, writer and social critic, 
addressed an overflow crowd cele- 
brating the 30th anniversary of VCU's 
African American Studies Program 
and 10 years of 

the Women's Studies Program. 
Engineering Auditorium, March 23 



"Given that this 
is my 25th cancer 
anniversan', I 
find myself 
thinking about 
how much has 
changed for a 
breast cancer 
patient today 
compared with 
back then — and 
it's all good: 
more treatment options, like lumpec- 
tomies; new, wonderful drugs, like 
herceptin and tamoxifen; and as for 
reconstruction, we've come a long 
way since I stuck my husband's tennis 
sock in mv bra in 1975!" 




Carlos Fuentes. 



';In Russia] rela- 
tions in the politi- 
cal 35 well as the 
economic sphere 
have increasingly 
taken on negative 
features of the 
shadow-criminal 
sector.. ..Effective 
support from the 
West must include 
... an emphasis on 
law over the transi- 
tors' appeal of indi- 
\idual leaders and "rtr 
attention to liberal ^ - ^ 

principles that 

ensiu'e freedom in the economic 
political and social spheres.' 



'...as intenseiy as I may sefi 
my parcel of realit>', it is 
only.. .a parcel, not the whole- 
ness of reality- v»e cannot see 
reality without counting on 
what others see." 



-•:;-=— coming Octobcf 26, 
Commons Ballroom 
7:30 pm .e = : : 



Dr. Lynn Nelson, 



Government" be': 
Relations Comrr r.; 



Betty Rollin, NBS news correspon- 
dent, best-selling novelist and joumaF 

ist, at Women & Wellness Luncfieon. Massey Cancer Center Fetjrua'v 8. 
Proceeds raised by the Jenkins Foundation will tienefit Massy's b-?;;- ;; 
research. For Rollin's 25th cancer anniversary, this Octotier Harpe'C: '? 
reissue her book about her experience. First You Cry 



SUMMER 2000 




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Oh, we were constandy back and 
across Shafer Street — it 
s the campus, really. At first, 
verything was in Ginter 
House — classrooms, 
administration, even 
professors' apartments 
on the upper floors. 
"One time a foot 
came through the ceiling into our chemistry lab. Someone said, 'I'U bet 
that's Hibbs.' It was. They were putting in new flooring in the room 
above us, and he went through the ceiling. You'd see him everywhere, 
standing on ladders with the workmen. His first and only thought was 
for his school. He was a most unusual man. 

"It was a great event when we finally got a gymnasium and 
auditorium, the Shafer Street Playhouse building. We had a lot of 
performances. AU the men's parts were played by women. (We had 
only one boy on campus; in fact there were only 10 or 12 of us in the 
fireshman class.) I remember once we did "Little Women," and 
someone's hoop skirt caught on a nail and pulled the whole set down. 
"We got a cadaver for anatomy class. It was quite a to-do that we should 
one. Hibbs didn't want it, but the professors insisted. Hibbs put double 
on the door, worried about student pranks, I think." 

Lucille Anderson Baber '39BS(MT)/AH 




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"Wc girls were in the iiabit of hitchhiking. Of course, we were 
always careful to protect our dorm mothers-thcy never iuiew. 
One day I was standing on the corner of Monroe Park hitching 
a ride and Dean Hibbs picked me up. I le never said a thing, 
just laughed." 

Elizabeth Schmidt '48B 75BFA '83MA/A 

"I always think of Milton Randolph when I recall Shafer Street. 
It was there, beside his truck, where our friendship grew. 
Milton was the postal truck driver who brought and fetched 
RPI's mail. He had earned a master's from Howard and discov- 
ered the saddening truth that he could earn a better living with 
the post office. He was eventually responsible in a material way 
for my choice of social psychology work at Cornell. He opened 
doors for me in the black community at a time when whites 
and blacks simply were not together socially. In return I could 
do very litde for him and his wife, and that really rankled. Their 
son, as far as I know, graduated from Amherst" 




50s 



R. H. Langley-Wood '49BS/B 



y 



"A lot of men who came to RPI could not have afforded to, 
except for the GI Bill. There were a lot of them around — it sure 
made it fun. Even though many of them Lived off campus, there 
were always large groups of people on Shafer Street in front of 
the ad building (Ginter House). It was the meeting place 
between classes — especially sitting on that wall." 





"The German club used to sponsor 
Minstrel Shows on Shafer Street There 
were skits, jokes and some singing — if 
you could call it that After the girls had 
to be in for the night the boys would run 
up to The Paddle House to get cheese- 
burgers and drinks. The gjrls would 
lower baskets out of the dorm vtindows 
for the food. We'd talk through the 
windows 'tU long after 10 p.m." 

LeoNowak'54BS/B 

"The Music and Art Departments were 
on Shafer and Park. The area's houses 
were peopled by many widows and old 
maids, you know, rather stiff tvpes. The 
girls used to walk back to their dorms 
across Shafer Street with smocks dirty 
from art class. Dean Hibbs received com- 
plaints about their appearance from the 
neighbors. He (apologeticalh-) issued an 
order that the girls had to wear trench 
coats o%er their clothes when returning 
to the dorms. I taught at a Methodist 
universin- before \'CU. I was surprised to 
tind that the rules here were even stricter 
than those at the Methodist universit)' — 
and more strictly obser\"ed. 

".Another stor.' I heard was that the 
Governor called about complaints he 
was recei\ing. .\pparenth" the neighbors 
could see across the street into the art 
classes when nude models were being 
used." 

^Va^•ne Batt\% Music Faculty '49-'99 



Shafer Street/Court Connections 



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60s4 



"Shafer Street had the air of a bullrmg.^ 
The men would come strutting out like 
matadors to see and be seen. The Slop 
Shop at Hibbswas the hub of campus. 
Absolutely wonderful! Like going to a 
party in a small room, you had Uo talk tq^ 
everyone. It was a brilliantly noisy 
place-the milk shake machine rewingj^ 
the griddle's smell of hot grease. We 
would come for class an hour early and* 
sit in Hibbs having dynamic conversa- 
tions about political history and people 
watching. When I think back on it, it 
feels like my whole undergraduate career 
took place on Shafer Street." 

Fred Wayne '70BA/H&S 
'86MS(RC)/AH 

"I used to get to VCU at 4 o'clock just to 
find a parking space before my 6 o'clock 
class. Shafer Street always had lots of kids 
hanging around between classes, but 
most of the students were commuters. 
When I saw the new VCU bookstore the 
other day I almost cried. It's so wonder- 
fiil! There's a real sense of campus now 
that we didn't have in the '60s. Most of 
the houses on Franklin were still homes. 
You could drive straight downtown and 
never know RPI was there." 

Susan Nunemaker '65BS/H&S '68MEd 





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"Shafer Court was a great gathering point — we were always 
getting calls from teachers at Hibbs complaining, 'We can't 
teach,' because of noisy protests. It was a time of tremendous 
change. There was integration of both race and sex." 

Jane Bell Gladding, RPWCU Dean of Students 

"We brought quite a bit of turmoil to the university. The uni- 
versity, when 1 began, was all white other than having made 
some token steps toward integrating the student body. I gave 
speeches in Shafer Court protesting the war in Vietnam, con- 
demning racist practices at VCU and asking for the resignation 
of Richmond's Chief of Police." 

Jim Elam '73BSW, First African- American Student 

Government President (above right) 

"When I came to VCU, of course, there was no Student 
Commons. On Shafer Court, all of the activities that now 
go on at the Commons happened during the day, like the 
sidewalk information tables, £ratemit\- stepping, etc 

"A lot of the activities had a hippie flavor in the '70s — 
Frisbee throwing, music majors plaving their instru- 
ments, art majors selling potter.-, jewelr\% paintings, etc 
The VCU bookstore, a couple of residence halls, and 
Hibbs cafeteria were located right on the court, so the area vs-as 
always humming with acti\it\% Chalkle\- House, a men's dorm 
was on the comer of Shafer and Park, where the building facade 
still stands in firont of the \vooden stage. 

"I often would make a couple of sandwiches and sit 
outside on the Hibbs \\all and eat One day during my 
sophomore year. Dr. Edward Temple, the president of 
VCU, \vas strolling out on Shafer Court, and he actualh" 
sat down with me and had one of my peanut butter and 
jelly sandvsiches! I was impressed that the president had 
time to talk with me about my classes and my tamih\ 

"I have ven- fond memories of how easy it was to have 
a good time at \'CU back then. There was ahs-a)-s some- 
thing to do and someone to do it with. You just had to 
go to Shafer Court to see what was happening to get into. 
The Court was the center of it alL" 

Rebecca Shaw 'SOBA/H&S 



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80s 



"My fondest memories are of the Friday afternoon beer parties. 
Nora Hendrix, a major recording artist, drew a huge crowd. 
Shafer was a melting pot of smdents, townspeople, all races, all 
types during those gatherings. Everyone was hanging out 
together having a good time." 

Larry Powell '85BS/MC 

"When I visited VCU as a prospective student, I saw all of the 
1980s punks hanging out on Shafer Street. I realized that if they 
could hang out and be accepted then surely I could 
come and be welcome too. It was a real statement 
about the diversity that VCU welcomes." 

Anita Navarro '91BS/MC 

Saw Ben Comatzer this morning and he told me about 
the piece that you are working on for the Shafer Court 
Connections about Shafer Court memories. His eyes 
jumped out of his head 
when I told him about 
seeing this wonderful band 
which was very energetic, 
very memorable, very 
wild....it was The Red Hot Chili 
Peppers. As they went on to become 
the international phenomena that 
they have become, I love thinking 
back to their high energy Friday 
night performance in Shafer Court. 

Barbara Payton '83BS/MC 

Shafer Court was the heart of VCU. 
It connected the dormitories, the 
small Franklin Street Housing 
units— 806,808,TDC, Founders, The 
Zoo, Sherer Hall — ^to the cafeteria 
and the academic buildings. 
Every Friday night a select group would check in with 
Barbara Payton '83BS/MC, Mary Rose Jones '82BS/H&S and 
Veda McMullen '82BS/MC to learn of parties to attend and 
places to be seen. I remember some great and not so great 
bands playing in the Court. I remember hanging off the back 
fire escape of ChaMey at some of the more popular concerts. 
The "Ask- It" booth was the reference point to meet people if 
we separated. 

I thin]' back to local VCU "fixtures," there for years. Dika 
NewUn, D^ " Woman, John Mahoney, Leo Simonetta, to 
name a few. 

Rand Glasscock 'b ?. A/HScS 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 






"Even when I was in high school, some 
of us would drive into town for concerts 
on Shafer Street. Later, aU the skate- 
boarders and punk rockers would hang 
out under the magnolia tree on Shafer 
between classes. Some of us never made 
it back to the next class..." 

John Sarvay '91BGS/NTS 

"When I was a freshman, everyone 
brought their dogs and walked up and 
down Shafer Court among the skate- 
boarders. It was a real mix of young kids 
and old Richmond crusty folk who hung 
around VCU and never left. It was 

always an easy thing to 
catch a show there on 
Friday night. The Red 
Hot ChOi Peppers played 
a crazy show because 
they were so obnoxious 
and loud. The slam 
dancers loved them." 



JoeNio'93BS/B 





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I! 



Search in any 

direction, and 

you'll findVCU 

alumni, doing a 

world of good. 

BY JEAN HUETS '80BA/HgiS 



Himtini 



Sometimes we seem to be living in a place 
where Nasdaq tips are more fascinating than 
news of the world around us, where what is on 
TV is more important than what is outside our 
doors, and where shopping is given more time 
than being with friends and family. These VCU 
alumni don't go there. Literally, they spread 
across the city, across the country, and across 
the globe to find their place and purpose in the 
world. Their stories are a rehef from bottom 
line mentality and an inspiration of real life. All 
of them live in the place that is Community. 

Taking the Pledge 

It's Commencement at Manchester College in 
Indiana, and something is different. Green 
ribbons sprout on black gowns of graduates 
who have made a simple pledge: "I (name) 
pledge to explore and take into account the 

social and environmental 
consequences of any job I 
consider and will try to 
improve these aspects of 
any organizations for 
which I work" The Johnny 
Appleseed responsible for 
those bright dots of hope 
and the purpose behind 
them is Dr. Neil Wollman 
'78PhD/H&S, on the psy- 
chology faculty at 
Manchester. 
Neil foimd the Graduation Pledge Alliance 
quite by chance in a blurb in the back of a 
magazine, which intrigued him enough to learn 
more. He became an ardent supporter and has 
institutionalized the pledge at Manchester, 
where he has taught for 20 years. Since 1996, 
Manchester College has coordinated the 
national effort for the AUiance. Manchester is a 
natural home for the pledge. Affiliated with the 
pacifist Church of the Brethren, its Mission 
Statement maintains, "A central goal of the 
College community is to create an environment 
which nurtiu-es ... a dedication to the service of 
others, and an acceptance of the demands of 
responsible citizenship." 

"We started the Pledge at Manchester in 
1988," Neil says. "It's built up over the years." 
He coordinates student involvement in the 
Alliance through internet postings, brochures 
and networking. "We are trying to get students 
to think about the pledge from their first year." 
An impressive 50 percent of Manchester gradu- 
ates volunteer to take it. 

SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 




A strength of the pledge is its open-ended- 
ness. Most of those who take it are Uberal, but 
some pledgetakers embrace conservative values 
like anti-abortion activism. "The point is to 
think about more than the bottom line when 
making career choices," NeU says. "Part of edu- 
cation should be about values. There are 
important things beyond just getting a job or 
making money." 

Neil points out that "not everyone has to 
take the pledge for it to have an overall effect. 
Over a milhon people graduate every year. If 
even a significant minority take and carry out 
the pledge, it would make a difference. This can 
become a trend that companies need to think 
about." 

There's only anecdotal evidence of the 
Pledge's effect, but some of it is pretty impres- 
sive. One Manchester graduate spoke to the 
boss about a chemical warfare project their firm 
was considering. "I told him about the Pledge 
and about my concerns. He agreed . . . and the 
company did not pursue the project." Neil 
comments, "When I hear examples Uke this 
from students, it makes me feel good about it. 
More schools are joining in, and people seem to 
think it has merit." 

Pursuing his own interpretation of the 
Pledge, Neil recently resigned from teaching to 
become a senior fellow at Manchester's Peace 
Studies Institute, the first program of its kind in 
the country. 

One Institute campaign is pushing the 
envelope on TIAA-CREF's Social Choice 
Accoimt (SCA). Teachers Insurance and 
Aimuity Association-College Retirement 
Equities Fimd is the nation's largest private 
pension system, managing more than $280 
billion in assets for two million employees, 
mainly in higher education. SCA is the second 
largest socially responsible fund in the United 
States. 

Smce TIAA-CREF added SCA in 1989, it 
has focused on simply avoiding investments in 
companies that deal in tobacco, alcohol, 
nuclear energy, weapons or pollute the envi- 
ronment. The Peace Institute's Social Choice 
for Social Change campaign wants to shift even 
a small part of the assets toward "positive 
investing" in companies and financial institu- 
tions that are models of social and environmen- 
tal responsibility. Although 81 percent of SCA 
members support that kind of investing, so far 
TIAA-CREF has not changed the fimd. "We 
spent five years in the 1980s battling to get 
them to set up the SCA fund," says Neil. "We're 
keeping up the fight and getting the word out." 

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Another of Neil 's projects at the 
Peace Studies Institute is designing a 
violence index that looks beyond indivi 
dual behaviors like murders, assaidts to the 
violence perpetrated by governments and 
corporations — pollution and lack of health 
care. WoUman beUeves that when it appears 
in a few months, the Index will raise pubUc 
awareness and opinion toward holding institu- 
tions responsible when they harm people. 

Surprisingly, Neil describes his years at 
VCU as "fairly apoUtical." His metamorphosis 
into an activist, however, did have roots in his 
psychology studies at VCU and connecting 
with the American Psychological Association, 
which offers avenues for social change. "It feels 
good to be able to do something that has 
meaning," he says. He encourages VCU staff 
and graduates to look into the Graduation 
Pledge AUiance for college students they know. 

New School Ties 

David Norris '63BS/B has been active in a 
variety of community causes since his youthful 
days with the Jaycees, but his heart's work 
started in a very personal way. 

When David's son started school, he wasn't 
doing well. From teachers, his parents heard 
the same phrase again and again. "Rob is 
bright — if he would only try harder . . ." But 
trying harder was beside the point 

A professional evaluation cleared the 
pictiu-e. Attention difficulties and dyslexia, a 
learning disability that affects reading, writing 
and spelling were presenting the challenge — 
not a lack of dihgence. The New Commimity 
School for children with learning disabihties 
was the answer. And when David enrolled his 
son, in effect, he eiwoUed himself. 

"TNCS made a world of 
difference," says David. Not 
only in Rob's academic per- 
formance, but in his self- 
esteem and attitude. His son 
is grown now, but David, on 
TNCS Board for 1 1 years 
and president-elect, remains 
devoted to this school and 
what it does for students. "If 
it weren't for others putting 
themselves into it, the school 
wouldn't have been there for 
us," he explains. 

TNCS is a private, non- 
profit school founded in 





Goodwill? 



1974, for grades 6 through 12., Most of the 85 
students are local, and many are on scholar- 
ships based on financial need. "The teaching is 
high intensity," says David. "There is one 
teacher for every four kids." Success is also 
high. After two or three years at TNCS, many 
students have the skills to return to a regular 
classroom. David adds, "These kids are real 
contributors. They learn in a different way. 
They need to deal with their weaknesses." 
Eighty-five percent of TNCS graduates 
attend college. 

The school has grown from its tentative 
beginnings in local churches to several build- 
ings in Northside Richmond. "It's a real 
campus now," says David proudly. "Each gen- 
eration adds to it." The school is now promot- 
ing a strong athletic program, an outlet at 
which dyslexic children tend to excel. 

Still, tuition doesn't cover costs, and David 
has become a fundraiser par excellence. When 
challenges arise, "All 1 have to do is go watch 
the kids there. Who wouldn't want to do it? 1 
started it because of my son, but I've kept it up. 
A lot of people will keep it going." 

David also served on VCU's Alumni Board. 
"A lot of people worked with me so that I didn't 
take a long time to graduate. Since then, I've 
been successful, and I'm paying a debt in both 
places — for myself and my son. I need to do 
that, and I try to teach that to my kids." 

"We all have to do something, to put some- 
thing back in the community. After all, we take 
a lot from it." David's roots in community con- 
tribution go back to his Baptist childhood, 
when tithing to the church was a matter of 
course. "Stewardship is very meaningfiil to me. 
Without it, we might as well hang up our hats." 



^^^^ 




Their Whole Life 

The lives uf Jim Conner '78BS/E and Angela 
Johnson Conner '80BS/H&S can't easily be 
compartmentalized. Their jobs, their reli- 
gious practice, their home life, even the land 
they live on, are intertwined. Like the threads 
of a Navajo blanket, they make a wanning 
whole. 

Angela and Jim live at St. Michael's, 
Arizona, on the Navajo reservation — "the 
Navajo Nation" — as residents call it. In the 
twenty-two years they have spent there since 
they left Richmond, they have been accepted 
by the people. In turn, they have integrated 
the values and customs of the Navajo in 
their hearts. 

Jim and Angela met In the early seventies 
at VCU. Jim was majoring in special educa- 
tion, Angela in anthropology and sociology. 
Soon after they married, they were ready to 
make a move. Jim is Irish-Scots American; 
Angela is part African-American and part 
Native American. Richmond was not ready 
for mixed-culture couples in 1978. They had 
met hard stares, even threatening situations. 

Angela, whose mother's people are 
Chickahominy, wanted to meet other tribes. 
She connected strongly with the Native 
American movement in the early seventies. 
The occupation of Alcatraz, from 1969 to 
1971, by a group of Native Americans was a 
galvanizing event. "As I began at VCU, I had 
a desire to experience Native American Ufe 
among a federally recognized people on a 
Nation," she says. During a civil demonstra- 
tion called "the Long Walk" on the 
Washington mall, Angela met someone who 
spoke about the Navajo people — or Dine' 
(Dineh), to use the true name of the people. 
"Dine' people have strong traditions and are 
very distinct," she explains. 

A bit of seventies nonconformity also 
came into it. "Angela and I wanted to 
do sometfiing different," Jim says with 
a chuckle. "We had things to prove 
to ourselves." 

A newspaper article about St. Michael's 
Association for Special Education in Arizona 
led Jim to apply for a job there. He later 
earned a master's In school administration 
at Western New Mexico University, and 
now he's director of special education at 
St. Michael's. 

The program is under contract with the 
Bureau of Indian Affairs and funded partly 
by donations. Students range from children 
with severe mental retardation to those with 

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autism. They come from a 200- mile radius 
on the Nation, so St. .Michael's has both day 
and residential programs. 

"Special ed has intrinsic rewards," says 
Jim. "It can be exhausting and frustrating, 
but there's never a dull day." With 65 staff^ 
members, Jim manages an educational 
program for 80 students. St. .Michael's has a 
team of Navajo and non-Navajo teachers and 
therapists but also operates a para-educator 
model for Navajo teaching assistants and 
technicians. The para-educator model 
provides high le\ els of training, wiiich 
broadens opportunities for non-degreed 
Navajos and is truly one of the foundations 
of the school. 

Another focus is parents. "We try to have 
as much involvement as possible in order to 
maintain consistency for the students with 
home and schooL" 

One of Jim's greatest chaDenges is 
staffing. The problem is two-fbld; lack of 
Nav'ajo professionals and the high turnover 
of non-Navajos. To address both issues, Jim 
is helping to develop an educational assis- 
tance program for Nav-ajo staff! 

And he works to help non-Navajo staff^ 
adapt to the culture and envirormient. "It's a 
big change in lifestsie," he says. "It's 
extremelv rural and isolated." Not e%'er>"one 
wants to live in the high desert, and there are 
other differences, .\lthough most of the Dine' 
people are bilingual, many prefer speaking 
the Dine" language. Living by the docic is 
challenging on the Nation, because distances 
are greater in the sparsely populated region. 



SUMMER 




"One of my favorite 
beaches, Kai Iwi Beach 
along the Tasman Sea 
near Wanganui." 



Space inside a dwelling is less important than 
the space around, outside. 

Jim himself is keenly aware of differences 
in culture and lifestyle when he comes back 
to Virginia to visit his family. The pace is 
much slower on the Nation — people even 
speak more quietly. Patience is much more 
evident. "Here in Richmond, I see people get 
upset over the smallest matters. The Dine' 
would never make a scene in public. It's con- 
sidered disgracefiil." 

Angela is director of the local United 
Way, which is governed by a board of volun- 
teers. She has a Master of Public Health from 
Central Michigan University's sateUite 
program. Her agency serves 26,000 square 
miles, an area the size of West Virginia. Like 
many Native Americans confronting a 
modem world, the Dine' must figiu'e out 
how to maintain their existence in a changing 
world, and how to develop economically. 
"There are many areas that experience severe 
challenges to economic growth," Angela 
comments. Her rewards are in helping com- 
munities identify and deal with these issues 
in an organizational environment. 

When Jim and Angela first moved out 
West, they were in much the same situation 
as the non-Navajos Jim has worked with 
since. But rather than feeling alienated, Jim 
and Angela were drav^n into the culture. A 
basic factor that won them over is that they 
were accepted as they were, not discriminat- 
ed against because of their cultiu-es. 
Moreover, "The things I saw in the Dine' 
were very appealing-their gentle nature," 
Jim says. "It took a long time to be accepted, 
but then we were accepted very warmly." 
One family group in particular became 
friends and helped them become part of 
the community. 

The Conners' openness to the cultiu-e and 
their work in the community also earned 
them credibility. Jim and Angela chose to 
raise their son and tii ree daughters on the 
Nation, real proof of their dedication to their 
adopted home and the life they have made 
together. "It's been an honor to participate in 
and become a part of the soa. 1 and rehgious 
life here," says Jim. "I've leamec a lot. To see 
the pride that the Dine' have in maintaining 
the cultiu'e inspired us to take pride in our 
own cultural background." 

SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



Angela's awareness of cultural identity, 
rooted in her family, grew at VCU. 
Anthropologist Dr. Colin Tumbull taught 
her "to look at a culture as distinct and self- 
perpetuating." Dr. Mednick gave Angela the 
tougher challenge of "stepping outside 
yourself to look at your own culture." She 
adds, "Many people have helped me." 

Jim looks back especially to Dr. Paul 
Wehman and Dr. Ada Hill at VCU for the 
skills and principles in special education that 
he uses every day. And he remembers a high 
school teacher, Olivia Garland. "It was the 
early seventies," he recoimts, "and there were 
a lot of things to set you off coinse. She told 
me I had great potential and not to lose sight 
of that." He realized he had something to 
offer-and now he shares that encouragement 
with his students. 

"My whole life is an education," Angela 
reflects. "Originally, I was taught to learn in a 
linear way and always wondered why I had 



problems with that thought process. But 
tJu'ough living here, I've learned there are 
other ways of thinking. I see that tilings are 
circular." Though Angela and Jim did not 
plan that kind of unity for their lives, the 
natural cycles of life enfold them, reassuring- 
ly, like a hand-woven blanket. 

Lairy's Choice 

Larry Matthews '83BFA has never heard of the 
Graduation Pledge Alliance, but he lives as 
though he had taken it. Maybe tiiat's because 
he heard an earlier version. "I remember Alan 
Moore, my graphic design teacher at VCU, who 
used to always ask us if we could work for orga- 
nizations we did not believe in. For instance, a 
cigarette company. I have often thought about 
that comment when approaching companies 
for employment and in determining what 
products or ideas I might be working with." 

Larry Matthews has carried VCU values all 
the way to New Zealand, where he teaches art 
and design at the University of Otago in 
Dunedin. He also donates his skills to the 
United Nations Association, Religious Society 
of Friends (the Quakers), and Operation Peace 
through Unity (OPTU). "OPTU actually 
bought a computer so I could produce the work 
for them and communicate with the webpage 
designer in the U.K. — ^which I couldn't have 
done without their support." 

OPTU provides a global networking service 
to more than 45 countries through the Many to 
Many quarterly newsletter and through its 
website. OPTU also initiates and works on a 
variety of projects and campaigns for peace and 
justice. The United Nations Association 
educates, campaigns and fundraises to help 
turn U.N. ideals into reality. The UNA is also a 



School of Social Work says YES 

A handfiil of VCU social work students and 
faculty spent a 1999 new year in a way they 
will never forget. A team of seven students and 
five faculty traveled to Belize City in Central 
America to lay a solid foundation for some of 
the country's most needy youth. 

The team's mission was to build a 30-by- 
60 foot classroom for Youth Enhancement 
Services (YES), a nongovernmental organiza- 
tion providing alternative educational choices 
to adolescent girls dealing with multiple 
hardships like learning disabilities, poverty, 
pregnancy and abuse. 

Under the able direction of faculty builder 
Dr. Robert Peay (photo), although with inade- 
quate tools and limited resources ("No 
backhoe!?"), the team dug the new foundation, 
built in steel girders and repaired existing struc- 
tures. Another group returned at spring break 
this year to finish the building. 

"For our students, service in a foreign 
culture reflects the social work ideals of learning 
about the struggles of people living at the 
margins of society and helping those in poverty 
to improve the quality of their lives," says 
Randi Buerlein, director of the School's 
student services. 

The teams visited agencies including a child 
abuse prevention program, a teen pregnancy 
center, and a substance abuse program, to leam 




more about how the country was attacking 
social problems. Students were struck by the 
power of community, faith and dignity. 

"We traveled to a country of extreme 
poverty, lack of adequate housing, health care or 
education," said student Mary Steelman. "In the 
midst of hopelessness and despair, I saw 
glimpses of a brighter future in the laughter and 
smiles of the children." 

Graduate student Sarah Coggins reaffirmed 
her commitment to "social justice and the need 
to look at the deeper roots of poverty, both 
within the U.S. and around the world." 

Project coordinators were international 
organizations Peacework and ForCHILDREN 
and the School of Social Work. The School will 
send another team to Guyana, South America 
in January 2001. 



watchdog to make sure that the U.N. is used 
effectively, efficiently and creatively in all the 
regions where it works. 

Larry explains, "'f"hc work for the United 
Nations is quite standard and straight to the 
point." There is little funding for producing 
elaborate pieces, so communication is down to 
earth and simple. "I often suggest at least a 
simple, easy-to-read typeface and a classic 
approach to design. There is nothing extraordi- 
nary about any of the work I've produced for 
these organizations, although I try to make 
things as readable and interesting as possible." 

Larry's logos for these organizations appear 
on newsletters, posters, brochures, webpage 
designs and direct mail. Larry came to the work 
through personal contacts and membership in 
the UNA, and friends of the founders of OPTU. 
His posters for the Friends have spread his rep- 
utation as a socially conscious artist. 

As he thinks through designs, Larry draws 
on his personal connection with these organiza- 
tions, and there lies the heart of his work. 
"Because of my own interest in peace, the envi- 
ronment and other areas, I've been able to help 
the two organizations as needed. My own 
involvement is how I get to imderstand the 
requirements of the task." 

When OPTU came to him to create a logo, 
they had an idea, a logo they had devised. "I 
tried to incorporate a new look based on brush- 
strokes similar to Oriental Zen painting. That 
organization is simple in structure and very 
down to earth, yet, with a very spiritual 
mindset — grassroots with universality, 
perhaps. The symbol required many, many 
brushstrokes of getting it right' so it felt right. 
They ended up choosing the one I thought was 
also the best out of many, many suggestions — 
it just spoke to us." 

Larry's choices continue to follow his 
personal convictions. "Deciding to work for 
peace and other social issues is more important 
to me than remuneration." The reward? "A 
sense of personal satisfaction that I might be 
helping out, even in a small way." 

Another Planet, 
Same World 

Stade Vecchietti's '94BSW '95MSW Peace 
Corps assignment was formidable. She was to 
go into a prison in Belize and design and imple- 
ment a substance abuse program. "As a for- 
eigner, it was a challenge," she says. The people 
there had a preconceived notion of Americans. 





Making a "fly-brush" to keep mosquitos away. 



Stiuie Vecchietti and Mac Mcharlane met and 
married in Belize and live in Richmond. Slacie is 
director of the Victim Crisis Center at the Quin 
Rivers Agency in eastern rural Virginia, and Mac 
will be a certified firefighter in Chesterfield 
County by the middle of June. 

The fact that Stacie's job had been mandated by 
the Belize government didn't give her a lot of 
clout. "The idea of rehabilitation versus pun- 
ishment in prison was met with resistance," she 
says. The institution simply did not have the 
support in place for Stacie's mission. Ideally, 
Stacie would have had a building available for 
recovery. It wasn't there. She adapted, and 
implemented a "nonintensive out-patient 
program." 

"It was very frustrating at times," she 
admits. The lack of resources meant that she 
had to start from the ground up in building her 
program. Moreover, although the people of 
Belize are English-speaking, it is a Creole 
version that is effectively another language. 
When she needed a car for her work, the 
agency's had manual transmission — not part of 
her Peace Corps training. 

Fortunately, she met not only challenges, 
but help. A young Belizan firefighter, Archibald 
McFarlane (Belize was definitely a British 
colony), taught her to drive a stick shift (The 
director of drug abuse programs and the chief 
of the fire department were brothers.) She 
spent a lot of time with his family, who helped 
her leam the dialect And plenty of time with 
Mac. Stacie and Mac married in Belize on July 
24, 1999. 

The Narcotics Anonymous program b^un 
in the prison with books and information firom 
sister groups in the U.S. was the first in the 
coimtry. Slowly, Stacie got into place groups of 
15 to 20 inmates. A six-month psycho-educa- 
tional program covered topics like managing 
stress and anger, relapse, and staying dean. She 
also trained four parole officers and a woman 
prison employee to facilitate the groups. The 
five had no formal training, but they had 
"talent" as Stade puts it. Building a support 
system for the recovering abusers and belief in 
themselves was the order of the day. 

The work itself was challenging enough. 
Then there was culture and heat shock. Stade 
was from Springfield, a prosperous suburb in 
Northern \'irginia. In Belize she encountered 
poverty and physical discomfort on a scale she 



had nevcT vxn. She had atked the Peact O^qn 
for an alignment in a c/xJ dimalt. Sht gut 
tropical Bdize City. The heat v»atoverwhdjn- 
ing, as were the vmdlt in the priwn. '^'hat 
kept me going was my little fan," she laughv- 
And she knew "this will end; 'a\ only a two-year 
assignment" 

Mac put things in perspective for her. A* an 
officer who trained fire department anpioytt*, 
he made only slightly more than the did with 
her Peace Corp stipend. She said to him once, 
"This is the poorest I've cvct been." He 
responded, "This is the richest I've ever been.' 

Stade did not meet the surprises of Belize 
completely unprepared. In her first VCU social 
work internship, she vt'as a case worl^er at The 
Daily Planet, a Richmond community center 
for homeless and poor men and women. "That 
first day, I was so scared walking in there, a 
white girl from Springfield." 

Her first client was a woman who was HI\' 
f>ositive, in an abusive relationship, and prosti- 
tuting herself to maintain a crack addiction. As 
Stade talked with her she made mental notes: 
get the woman under medical care, develop a 

program for the substance abuse \S'hen 

they met again, Stade presented her plan. "She 
let me vond myself dowTi," Stade says, "and 
then she said, 'If I coiild just get some food.' 
That was my first lesson in starting where the 
client is." 

At The Daily Planet, Stade says simply, "I 
got broken." She stopped seeing the differences 
between herself and her dients and started 
seeing the humanness. "I'll always be gratefid 
for that experience. Each experience 1 had 
through school inched my blinders out a litrie 
more." 

VCU is a crossroads, a starting point Our 
alumni take what they've learned, across the 
dry or across the seas. They talk about "gHTng 
back," of repaying the hdp that was gr^en to 
them. But every one of them would say they are 
still "getting back." .As Da\id Norris says of his 
stos'ardship, "I'm doing things that I like to 
do." This is another kind of investment and 
the returns are tremendous. It's not laying up 
treasure in Nasdaq, or e\en in heaven. It's 
living in vital, treasured moments, here (or 
there) and now. 

Graduation Pledge Alliance, Social Choice for 
Social Change wH-w.manchester.edu and go 

to the search engine. 

Peace Corps Current needs are volunteers 
«if/i experience or interest in business devel- 
opment, agriculture, en\ironmental educa- 
tion, forestry, as well as certified teachers, 
English teachers or French speakers. 
ww\\:peacecorps.go\' 
(800) 424-8580. 

OPTU w-n-w.angelfire.com/jouTruii/ 

brooke2000/ 

Jean Huets is a graphic artist, writer and ediUfr 
in Richmond. 



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The African 

American 

Alumni 

Council 

Celebrates 

10 Years 



BY LINNIE CARTER ' 9 3 BS ' 98 M S / M C 

A typical 10-year-old is eager to learn, yearning 
to grow, impressionable yet impressive and on 
the brink of developing long-term directions. 
The VCU African American Alumni Council 
celebrates its 10th anniversary this academic 
year. We are learning, vie are growing, making 
new connections and moving toward adult 
responsibilities. 

Root and Branch 

Bruce Twyman '74BS/MC and the other 
founders of the CoimcU envisioned an organiza- 
tion that would serve as a rallying point for the 
concerns of African- American alimmi and 
students. "There was no real representation of 
our interests and no one to speak for us effec- 
tively. We needed to re-establish Hnks between 
VCU and Airican-American alumni," explains 
Twyman, who has just finished his second term 
as a member of the VCU Alumni Association 
Board. "We are also looking outward," adds 
Gail Robinson '82MPA/H&S, the Council's 
second president, "to increase support for VCU 
from African-American alumni." 




VCU's African American alumni have a 
tremendous impact on our shared world. Here 
are three of them, as well as a profile of Robert 
Grey Jr. on page 32. The sidebar lists more — 
and we've missed himdreds. 

"Away from Her Desk" 

It took two months to catch up with Monique 

Braxton '8 IBS '84MS/MC. When the 

overnight anchor and correspondent for 

MSNBC is "away from her desk," she's on 

location around the country and the world. 

Her reporting at MSNBC has covered the way the eastern seaboard 

weathered the "Winter of 98 and the deployment of American fighter 

pilots to the Persian Gulf during Operation "Desert Fox." 

Braxton began her career as the weekend weather reporter for 
WTVR in Richmond. From 1995 to 1997, Braxton anchored a variety 
of programs on NewsChannel 8 in Washington, including Smart 
Women, Daytime Talk, and The Rush Hour Report. In 1996, Braxton 
garnered an Emmy nomination for her anchoring, and she won the 




The dream became a reality, and 10 years 
later, it has become a great deal more. In 1989, 
the Council counted membership of only 20 to 
30 alumni, and the University claimed only 
3,519 African-American graduates. In spring of 
2000, there are 347 Council members. Since 
1989, almost 4,000 more African Americans 
have graduated from VCU. In 1999-2000, more 
than 4,330 African-American students found 
their collegiate home at VCU. These students — 
past and present — embody the Council's 
purpose and mission. 

More Than Fun and Games 

When alumni hear "African American Alumni 
Council," they immediately think "Reunion 
Weekend." Surely Reimion festivities are the 
most popular and visible presence of the 
Council. At Reunion 2000, the Friday night 
Annabel Lee cruise drew a sellout crowd of 350 
under the stars on the river. The Saturday after- 
noon cookout brought reminiscing alumni and 
their families, and the fun culminated with the 
traditional Saturday evening dance. 

But Reunion Weekend is only one of 
many events and projects the Council sponsors 
to promote its goals. The Council supports 
VCU by 

• instilling pride among African-American 
alumni 



Best Public Affairs Award for her doctimentary, "Who We Are: 
Military." She has also received several civic awards for interviews with 
national, state, and local officials. 

VCU helped prepare Braxton for success. "I learned the basic 
elements of news, news writing, broadcasting style, editing, breathing 
techniques, and how to present a story. VCU gave me hands-on 
experience and on-the-job training." 

Her energy and enthusiasm were evident from the beginning as she 
pltmged into student life, enjoying everything from "singing in the 
Black Awakening Choir, learning to wash my own clothes, and 
pledging Delta Sigma Theta." 

One way she stays connected to "my wonderflil sisters" and VCU is 
through Coimcil events and mentoring. "I find that aspiring young 
jotimalists can learn from the experiences that I've had. I've realized 
that competition is stiff, and sometimes it doesn't matter where you 
went to school but who you know and how you apply the skills you've 
gained." To keep learning, she advises, "Go on vacations and see how 
your neighbors Uve. Your way of life isn't the only way to live. Take the 
time to meet a stranger, fan or colleague." 



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inspiring alumni to join and become actively 
involved in the (Council 
■ serving as a campus advocate for its VCU 
African- American constituents 

• promolinj; tlic growth, progress and general 
welfare of the VCV African-American student 
body 

contributing to the recruitment and reten- 
tion of African-American students 

• and becoming an important presence in the 
African- American community. 

Building on the leadership of her predeces- 
sors, Council President Michelle McQueen 
'83BS/B is a staunch advocate. Everywhere she 
goes, whatever the occasion, venue or audience, 
she recruits people to the Council, talking up its 
activities and accomplishments. 

The most important people to any universi- 
ty are its students; their success is the point of 
the enterprise. For McQueen, "the Council's 
commitment to VCU's current African- 
American students is its most significant 
purpose. There are many ways the AAAC helps 
to recruit students, makes them feel welcome, 
and makes sure they stay in school to graduate." 

Funding Young Leaders 

Two new scholarships for VCU African- 
American students testify to how much the 
Council has progressed during the past 10 years. 

The first VCU African American Alumni 
Council Leadership Scholarship, for a student 
on the Academic Campus who demonstrates 
leadership, community service and academic 
success, went to freshman Kina Harding this 
March. A criminal justice major, Kina says, 
"One day I am going to be a Supreme Court 
Judge." She's on her way, with a 4.0 GPA and 
freshman activities ranging from tutoring kids 
to vice president of the student chapter of 




Sisters in Touch. Mure than tUU ..l.u:., uj VLL'ihia Tau Chapter of Delta SipnaTheta Sorority, Inc. 
celebrated 30 years at VCU, at Reunion 2000. They started the millennium right by donating $300 to the 
VCU AAAC Merit Scholarship Fund, a sum VCU matched. It shows, said Michelle Dixon tones 'S7BS/H&S, 
that "we hold true to Delta's founding principles: scholarship, sisterhood and community service.' 



NAACP, VCU's Student Government 
Association, Pre-Law Society and the National 
Society of Black Engineers. -Engineers? "I've 
always liked math and science, and I wanted to 
make as many connections as possible." 

The Council has raised more than SI 1,000 
to fund this scholarship. We have begun a 
second campaign for the VCU African 
American Alumni Council Merit Scholarship, 
to be awarded every year to a full-time African- 
American freshman on the Academic Campus. 
The scholarship, based on academic achieve- 
ment, will be renewable for three years if the 
student remains in good academic standing. 
The goal is to raise between $10,000 and 
$25,000 by June 30. The University will match 
the total doUar-for-dollar, up to $25,000. 



Each One, Reach One 

The Council's investment in students reaches 
beyond financial assistance. African Americans 
in the Class of 2003 met the Council last 
summer at the freshman cookout sponsored by 
the \'CU Academic Success Center. 0\er hot 
dogs and chips in Gladding Residence Hall 
courtyard, Eric Williams '96BGS/NTS, then 
Council vice president, and Liimie Carter, now 
incoming Council president, discussed AAAC 
and its mission, and ui^ed freshmen Rams to 
join at graduation. 

The Council has sponsored career de%-ek)p- 
ment workshops where VCU students can leara 
about cooperative education and internship 
opportunities, electronic resources, and easing 



Braxton's whole-heaiied approach to life is 
grounded in a strong faith, born out for her 
this year. She recently married Shawn 
Fordham, who is special assistant to the mayor 
of Philadelphia, where they live. "Life is so 
short that you must share your unconditional 
love with famOy and friends," she says earnest- 
ly. "Professionally and personally, this has 
been a time of remarkable growth." 

Big Difference, Disparities 

Dr. Regan Cnimp'78BS/N is a good man in a 
crisis. Commander Criimp, as a member of the U.S. Public Health 
Service medical team, helped provide patient care in St. Croix after 
Hurricane Hugo in 1989, and again in 1995, after Hurricane Maril\Ti. 
Cnmip was chief nurse for the PHS disaster medical assistance team 
and served on the management team in the Virgin Islands. 

A 1995 Alumni Star from the School of Nursing, Crump has been 
in public health for 23 years. Now acting deputy director of the Bureau 




of Primary Health for the PHS, he returns soon to directing the 
Division of Programs for Special Populations. 

"I enjoy work that makes a difference on a large scale," Crump sa^-s. 
"I work with communitv'-based organizations, public and pri\-ate, 
funding primary health care delivery sites for undersers'ed popula- 
tions. We provide grants, technical assistance, and many other types of 
support." 

Crump's mother was a nurse, his fether a laborator\- technician. In 
nursing Crump says, "I could combine my interest in the sciences with 
the enjo)Tnent I found in vvorking with people to make a difference. 

"I chose MCV because it %vas a state school, dose to my hometown, 
and a large teaching institution. The impact of being in the dt\" was 
substantial — it was realit\." His work as a nursing student in MC\' 
Hospital's bum unit was "emotionalh" painfiil,'" but in\^uable. "I wtD 
never forget caring for people \\ith such sudden and extensiv"e ph^^sical 
devastation. It was amazing the way nurses and other staff supported 
both patients and one another." 

In 1 993, Cnjmp changed his career focus to large populations and 
earned his Doctor of Public Health in health policv" and management 
from Johns Hopkins Universit)-. Crump's healthy pragmatism zeroes 



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the transition from 
classroom to work- 
place. Many Coiindl 
members offer intern- 
ships and networking 
opportunities for 
students and recent 
graduates. 

VCU student 
Thomas Simmons 
came to last ■' 
September's Coimcil 
meeting to thank 
members for support- 
ing his participation in 
the Brotherman 
Retreat. The Coimcil 
sponsored Simmons 




Word. These high school students got some good advice about careers and fine 
preparation at VCU when AAAC members did a community service recruit- 
ing project Reunion Weekend, 2000. 



and two other students at the event, a commu- 
nity effort developed by Richmond community 
leaders and Coimcil members. Encounters and 
bonding with other African-American men, an 
inspirational movie, and a presentation from 
the Richmond NAACP expressed the theme of 
the spring retreat — Communion and Culture. 
An enthusiastic Simmons talked about his expe- 
rience, where "I learned a deeper understanding 
of the role — and the responsibilities — of 
African-American men." 

McQueen is emphatic that the Council must 
and will continue to invest in VCU's African- 
American students. "The most important lesson 
in life that I learned is that you don't do 
anything alone," she says. "There is always 
someone or something that helps you to 
succeed, and I believe that we as VCU graduates 
should help those students coming behind us to 
succeed." 



"Partnership for the Future" 

The Council theme for 1999-2000 is 
"Partnership for the Future," and the Council 
has been cultivating relationships with 
University divisions that share its passion 
and mission. 

For two years, the Council has joined VCU's 
African American Stadies Program for "Black 
History in the Making." The February celebra- 
tion honors high-achieving African-American 
students, faculty and alumni — like this year's 
Outstanding African American Alumna, J.B. 
Bryan, profiled in this issue. 

The Council has participated in the Office of 
Multicultural Student Affairs' Minority 
Graduation Ceremony for two years. This, too, 
is a chance for the Council to educate new 
alumni about the benefits — and obligations — of 
being a VCU alum. As part of the festivities, the 
graduates were offered free membership in the 



Council. Last year an impressive number — 
106 — took advantage of the opportunity. 

"These partnerships with students and otiier 
organizations are important," says past Council 
president Gail Robinson. The Council should 
continue to focus on students, particularly on 
recruitment and retention. "While it is impor- 
tant to build an alumni base, it is also important 
to target the students. We must get them while 
they're here." 

This past November, as part of the 
University's Founders Day celebration, the 
Council greeted VCU's new Provost and Vice 
President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Roderick 
McDavis, with a special reception. For many, 
this event was an introduction to the Council as 
well. "I'm delighted by this welcome," said 
McDavis, "and it's wonderful to see this event 
bringing VCU students, faculty, staff and 
alumni together." 

Working with University divisions is impor- 
tant, but the Council's essential partners are 
alumni. For the Council to continue its mission, 
it must continue to recruit new members. It has 
added almost 100 new members in the past 
year, thanks to the efforts of Council leadership, 
its special programs and partnerships. The 
Council's growing website and a new online 
newsletter are spreading the word and increas- 
ing membership. 

New Council member Nina Goodwyn 
'93BS/MC says, "I am always impressed by the 
exciting news about my alma mater — in clear 
view from my office windows in downtown 
Richmond. I believe the AAAC will give me an 
opportunity to become more involved with 
VCU students, faculty and other alumni. It's 
fulfilling to learn more about a place that I 
consider my second home." 



in on the possible. He has implemented primary health care poliq^, 
program expansion, and technical assistance for more than 2,000 
neighborhood sites nation wide. "I try to keep measurable outcomes in 
sight. It is better to make progress than to worry about perfection." 

Accepting his Alumni Star award in 1995, Crump thanked "the 
people who taught me what primary care is all about. I want to thank 
the homeless for teaching me what it's like to live without a place to 
store food or a way to clean up. I want to thank the migrant workers 
for teaching me about modem-day slavery." 

He challenged his fellow alumni and VCU feculty then to think 
about diversity. "Not just cultural but socio-economic diversity. 
National trends are against welfare, against Medicaid, opposed to 
immigrants. Health and social disparities may get worse if we don't 
start to turn things around." 

Regan Crump is currently a leader in the national Campaign for 
100 % Access and Disparities. He and his colleagues partner with a 
host of national and state organizations to support this movement, 
growing community by community. The goal is to bring health care to 
everyone and eliminate measurable differences in health status 
outcomes based on race, culture and socio-economic status. 



Crump urges alumni, "Be an advocate. 
Speak up for the underserved." 

When J.B. Bryan Talks . . . 

J.B. Bryan '92MS/MC is fluent in the language 
of money. Only eight years after VCU gradua- 
tion, Bryan heads her own investment firm 
with offices in Richmond and D.C., serves on 
the board of the Greater Richmond Chamber 
of Commerce, and teaches at Virginia Union 
University's Sydney Lewis School of Business. 
She offers thorough, plainspoken business 
advice as the financial analyst for WRIC-Chaimel 8, and on the Bryan 
Business Report on V^SOJ-FM. 

Profiled by the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1998, Br)'an said, "I 
always wanted to study communications and be on television, but my 
father encouraged me to study business." She took his advice, earning 
a double major in finance and accounting at the School of Commerce 
at the University of Virginia. 




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For Us, By Us 

Tho V(XI Alricun American AlurTiiii (>)imcil is 
blossoming, llourishiiig ant! maliiiiiij; Ix-lorc 
our eyes as il lakes its riglilki! place among ihe 
University's most productive support groups. 
Of predominately white universities in Virginia, 
VCU boasts the largest African-American 
sludenl body. The (Council's bridge-building to 
these students carries benefits not only lo Ihem, 
but to aJl of us. 

We are proud of our first 10 year.s, and look 
forward to building our students, our alumni 
and the University even more in the next ten. 
We need all alumni, but especially African- 
American alumni, to support the Council and 
African-American students. If not us, then who? 

To join the African American Alumni 
Council, use the form on page 40 or check the 
website. Part of the dues from every member- 
ship goes to the scholarship fund, so by simply 
joining the Council you support students. For 
information about Council activities and schol- 
arships, call Larry Powell '85BS/MC at (804) 
828-2586, email at aaac@vcu.edu or check 
website: http://www.aliimni.vcu.edu/ 
AAAC/aa_alumni_council.htm] 

Linnie Carter "grew up at VCU, "first as a 
student and then for six years as PR specialist 
for VCU Libraries before becoming community 
affairs coordinator for the Richmond 
Metropolitan Authority. Her term as president 
of the VCU African American Alumni Council 
begins July 1, 2000. 



Thelma Bland '88MS(G)/AH/orm^ Commissioner of Virginias 
Department for the Aging ^ Jeannette Drake 76 M$W'91MFA/H&S 
poet and artist • UsaEdv/ards-Burrs^SSBM international opera 

singer 4 RexEllis'74B¥A curator and chair of American cultural 
history at the Smithsonian Museum • Daniel Gill 7 1 BS/B former 
director of the office of minority business for the U.S. Secretary of Defense 
^ Qeve Francis 73MD cardiologist and country singer • 
Ben Hamlin '82BS/MC sportscaster, Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting * 
Dr. Grace Harris '60MSW VCU provost and academic vice president 
1992-99, acting VCU president Summer, 1995 • DtJeanHarris 
'55MD retired president, Ramey Medical Foundation, community health 
activist, Minnesota 4 Anita Josey-Herring'82BA/H&SSMpCTwr 
Court judge. District of Columbia • Kevin Johnson '86BS/B manages 
information technology contracts for Seagram, Polygram Records, and 
Universal Studios # W. Randolph Johnson '89BS/H&S /{icfimom/ 
City Council, Hanover County Zoning Inspector • Agymah Kamau 
'92MFA/H&S«ove/fsf Pictures of a Dying Man, offi^rs * Michelle 
mid^eWMBSm&S Sheriff, City of Richmond • Dawn Alston I\uge 
'87BS/MC financial expert and writer. Black Enterprise magazine and 
elsewhere # DrPH Ron Peters '91BS(HA) '94MS(G)/AH/flCM/0' 
associate. University of Texas School of Public Health; principal 
investigator of the Houston Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program, 
funded by National Institute of Justice • Robert Pratt '80BA/H8tS 
associate professor of history at University of Georgia, The Color of their 
Skin: Education and Race in Virginia, other hooks and papers ^ Jay 
Sharpe '90BFA jewelry designer to stars like Lauryn Hill, Deborah Cox 
* Sabrina Squire 76BS/H8cS Richmond news anchor and 
community leader # 



A list like this can't possibly be complete. Write and tell us v^o dse 
should be here. 



In 1992, Bryan went to work for Wheat First Butcher Singer and 
became a broker. She soon set off to build her own firm, using her 
own savings and credit cards, and applying her Wheat First experience. 
Now J.B. Bryan (the firm) specializes in asset management and protec- 
tion services. 

"I've never had a job with a salary," she said. "I always had commis- 
sion-based jobs. My income has always been based on my perfor- 
mance." She credits her confidence to her belief "I have so much 
faith," she said. "You can't do your best work with fear in your heart" 

A self- described workaholic, Bryan explains, "This is my only 
responsibility, to make my clients happy. It's my baby," she continues. 
"I have to burp it, rock it, get up in the middle of the night to check on 
it, embrace it and let it know I love it." Although her finn is relatively 
new, she has more than 400 clients and manages more than $10 
million. Her average client has $100,000 in assets under management, 
but Bryan is willing to work with a minimum investment of $1,000. 

"I hate turning people away. I try to keep our minimum investment 
low so everyone can take advantage of professional financial assis- 
tance." Her clients praise her as hardworking, dedicated and 
approachable. To further help her community, Bryan ;ilso ofters finan- 



cial seminars, where she explains investments and finances with 
welcome lucidity and clarity. When J.B. Bryan talks, people don't just 
Usten, they understand. 

The commimit)' recognizes her contributions. X'irginia Heroes, Inc 
named Bryan a Virginia Hero, and the Metropolitan Business and 
Professional Woman's Club honored her as Outstanding Woman of 
the Year. VCU's African i\merican ^\lumni Coimcil named her 
Outstanding Alumna for 2000. 

"I'm committed to educating people," Br)"an sa^'s, and she ob\ious- 
ly enjoys imveUing the mx-steries of finance. "My goal is to help a lot of 
people make a lot of money and have a lot of fun. I can't imagine 
doing anjthing else." 

JeffLandon '85BA/H&S edited and expanded these projiles. He's 
writing a novel, and tiding herd on his dau^iters, Maggie, 9, and 

Emma 5. 



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SUMMER : 




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FfHindry Poun The Art Process 

The old gas furnace took three hours to heat up. The new 
induction furnace sends an electrical current through the 
bronze, heating it to 2300° in 35 minutes. It's cleaner than 
the old way, because it's faster. With a much shorter time, 
the alloys don't turn to gas and make excels fiames. 

Temperature control is much better than the old 
furnace. In the bottom photo, pour technician Patti 
Beachley and a sculptor check the pyrometer. 



B\ EDWIN SLIPEK JR. ■74BFA 

Students new to VCU are finding an 
academic campus radically evolved from 
v^hat their predecessors knew. 

For decades, classes were often held in 
awkward Franklin Street garrets and 
cramped carriage houses. Basketball games 
were scheduled around such annual 
Richmond Coliseum attractions as the 
Barnum & Bailey circus. Hibbs' basement 
bookstore was boutique-size. And parking 
was always iffy (well, some things don't 
change). 

The environment, however, is fast 
changing. With the recently completed, 
1 14,000-square foot Fine Arts Building 
joining the new Siegel Center and the 
combined bookstore/parking garage across 
the street, ambitious construction has 
transformed West Broad Street, just west of 
Belvidere, from a faded commercial strip 
into a formidable university corridor. 
These projects also puU the campus north- 
ward from mosdy residential Oregon Hill 
and the Fan District. 

By extending the campus along the 
aging commercial and industrial strip of 
Broad, university leaders were faced with 
an interesting architectural challenge — 
whether to buUd the new structures in a 



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consistent, signifying style, or to approach 
each building as its own design statement. 

Perhaps wisely, the university took the 
latter course. Although all three buildings 
make a strong horizontal statement, each 
reflects its context. Rather than impose an 
institutional brand on the fragile, adjacent 
industrial and Carver neighborhood, VCU 
is attempting to sensitively reweave the 
faded and torn urban fabric. 

Siegel gives a nod to the Arts and 
Crafts-styled former Capital Garage across 
the street — the garage will soon be apart- 
ments, but the facade stays. The new book- 
store/parking deck has a decidedly indus- 
trial take. And die $15.7 million Fine Arts 
Building, designed by architects Perkins 
and Will of New York and the Rancon 
Wildman firm of Newport News, expresses 




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a handsome and efficient early 2 1st century 
aesthetic. The big news is that in both its 
form and function, this building makes art 
connect. 

"We had lived in depressed conditions 
for 20-odd years," says James Miller, pro- 
fessor of painting and printmaking. (The 
Theresa Poilak Building opened in 1970.) 
"It's nice to have sculpture, crafts and 
painting and printmaking together under 
one roof. The benefit over the long-term is 
that there's going to be synergy between 
disciplines." 

Crafts major Laura Jensen, a junior 
from Portsmouth, agrees. "Now we can see 
the work of other students, we can see what 
other classes are doing and we can see 
teachers more frequently." Hesitating for a 
second, she adds with a laugh, "And they 
can check up on you." 

The building's mass all but consumes 
the structure's elongated footprint at the 
northeast corner of Broad and Hancock 
Streets. It has no sidewalk setback. A 
straightforward, taut, mosdy red-brick skin 
wraps the three-story building. Generous 
window openings are not recessed but 
mesh the building's sleek epidermis on 

three sides. And there 
are surprises. The 
swooped roof line on 
the building's 
western end and the 
cantilevered canopy 
over the front door 
break the building's 
boxy regularit)'. The 
swooping root breaks 
the traditional 




rootlinc to let daylight flow into the 
building's top floor. 

"The light in the studios is incredible," 
says Brian Maltby '99BFA, a graduate 
printmaker. All of the painting studios 
have pure, desirable north light. As an 
undergraduate, Maltby says, "I had studio 
classes in three different places. We were 
always crowded and the ventilation was 
poor. " In some studios, pigeons had even 
come home to roost. (Which suggests a 
possible serendipitous Jackson Pollock 
influence.) "There is also a cleanliness to 
the place," he adds, perhaps gratefully. 

Most important, Maltby says, working 
space has increased dramatically. "Not only 
is there more room for existing equipment, 
but room for new equipment, like lithogra- 
phy presses." 

"This place is ten times better than what 
we had before!" enthuses sculpture major 
Morgan Kennedy. "Not only is there new 
equipment, but things are consolidated 
and more convenient." Like other late- 
night artists, he also appreciates the 
enhanced security. 

Also new to these 
departments is the 
sense of camaraderie 
the building offers, 
not just between 
painting and print- 
making, sculpture 
and crafts majors, 
but among fellow 
departmental 
majors. 

"There's a sense 
of community 
among students that 
wasn't here before," 
says Jim Meyer, 

acting chair of the Crafts Department, who 
has taught at VCU since 1973. "Pre\iously, 
a ceramics student, for instance, wouldn't 
even know a metals student. Discipline to 
discipline, we rarely ever got together. Now 
you can walk down the hall and see what's 
going on." 

Sculpture chair Joe Seipel agrees that 
"casual interaction has been ver\' good; 



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there's a gathering spau: where pcopic v^ji 
smoke and drink Ptf>si and talk about their 
work." The links cross campiu as well. An 
undergraduate coune in learomechajiical 
Systems combines faculty and students 
from engineering and sculpture. 

Lven farther afield, Seipel p>oints out 
sculpture and painting and printmaking's 
1999-20fX) lecture series of artisU, writers 
and critics. The New 
Virginia Review and 
VCU's Creative 
Writing MFA 
program have 
shared artists with 
this series. The 36 
artists and groups 
are interdisciplinary, 
multicultural and 
international. "We 
have installation 
artist Ann 
Hamilton, 
who is representing 
the U.S. at the 
\'enice Biennale; 





Russian emigre artists Komar & Melamid; 
African curator Okwui Enwezon Chinese 
artist Pun Xing Lei: intemationalh- e.\hibit- 
ing painter Da\id Reed; poet and art critic 
John .\shber\-; Har^urd English professor 
Philip Fisher, Kim Foster, owner of the 
New York galler\- where 1 1 recent sculpture 
MF.-\s had a highh- successfiil show in 
summer 1999. 



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Fiery orange molten bronze is poured into pre-heated 
molds. Bronze is about $2 lb., and these sculptures from 
Lester Van WinMe's undergraduate class weigh about 
30 lbs each. 

Foundry pour photography by Allen Belaud 
'97MFA, VCU Media Services. 




New chair of painting and printmaking, 
Richard Roth observes, "there's a lot of 
confusion in the art world right now. You 
can't just paint your way out of it. You 

need to talk and 
think. So you 
want crossover. 
And we need 
theory, critics 
and writers as 
well as painters." 
_^.>^BLl The mix in 

the building, he 
continues, 
"reflects what's 
happening in the 
art world. The boundaries are blurring. 
The art may be video. Or an artist manipu- 
lates a painting in the computer and then 
makes a print. We want to be part of that. 
The university should reflect that excite- 
ment. And we are doing it." 

If the building brings students together, 
it also links up well with the rest of the 
campus. Unlike many modernist buildings 
where it is difficult to find the front door, 
here the main entrance is announced tri- 
umphandy. An extended, sweeping arch 
above the second floor proclaims the 
general area of entry. In a terrific gesture of 
urban contextualism, the architects also 
took fuU advantage of the site by placing 
this arch on axis with Shafer Street, creating 
a heroic terminus to the three-block long 
avenue that has long been the heart of the 
academic campus. 

The plate glass front of the generously- 
spaced lobby brings art to sidewalk passers- 
by with rotating exhibits of student work. 
Artists need audiences, and small galleries 
off the lobby and wide hallways provide 
more chances to exhibit. The long central 
concourses run east-west on each level, 
connecting administrative and faciJty 
offices v«th studios — generous, excellent 
spaces for painting, printmaking, and 
creating jewelry or ceramics. There are also 
state-of-the-art craft studios, furniture- 
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computer and video editing rooms. The 
technologically advanced induction 
furnace in the new foundry is safer and 
heats far faster. Even an undergrad class has 
access to a weekly pour to see their sculp- 
tures made and sometimes participate 
under the carefid and expert direction of 
foundry technician Patti Beachley 
'96MFA. There are five critique rooms, 12 
individual studios for graduate sctilpture 
majors, and 15 for graduate students in 
painting and printmaking. 

The interiors, with concrete floors, 
painted cinderblock walls and Spartan 
departmental and faculty ofSces were 
designed by KSA Interiors of Richmond. 
Inside and out, the building reads clearly as 
a factory for making art. Leaders of the 
Bauhaus, an early 20th century German 
design school and movement that advocat- 
ed multifaceted designers working under 
one roof, would approve. 

The School of the Arts has needed this 
space for a long time 
and the building 
befits a program 
ranked as one of the 
nation's top 20 art 
schools — with 
graduate sculpture 
ranked in the top 
five. "Frankly, it's one 
of the reasons I chose 
to come to VCU," 
says Roth, who left 
Ohio State to come 
here. "It's one of the 
best, if not the best 
imiversity studio 
facility in the nation." 

Recalling the years of planning that 
went into the building design, Meyer of 
crafts comments, "Architecturally, it's 
been interesting, because you could 
visualize what it was going to be. But it's 
different when you live in it. Audit's 
very successfial." 

Edwin Slipek Jr. writes regularly on 

architecture and 
urban design for 
Richmond's Style 
Weekly and other 
regional publica- 
tions. He is also 
active on VCU's 
Alumni Board. 

Photography by 
Allen Jones '82 
BFA'92MFA, 

VCU Media Services 





'Member of ihe VCU Alumni Association 

1 930s 

Dorothy (Jenks) Fox '35C/SW is ihc 
National Hospice Volunteer of tlie Year 
for 1999. A Hospice volunteer for 18 years, 
Dorothy provides bereavement counseling 
to families and is involved in several 
other activities. 

1 940s 

*Anne (Rosenburg) Fischer '44MSW 

is one of the Richmond YWCA's 10 
Outstanding Women of 2000 in the 
category of human relations. She has 
fought for all minorities offering her skills 
in social work through the US State 
Department, International Education 
Exchange Service, Public Family Welfare 
Services, the Virginia Department of 
Education, the University of Virginia and 
the German Federal Government's Victor 
GoUanex Foundation. 

1 950s 

♦Charles Boardman '58BS/B is a vol- 
unteer for several local, state and national 
organizations. He volunteers with 
Elderhostel in Boston and the Montana 
State Historical Preservation Association. 
He is co-chair of the Public Education 
Committee for the Florida Coalition for 
Optimal Mental Health and Aging. 
Charles also chairs the long-range 
plaiming committee for die Better Living 
for Seniors Consortium and ser\'es on die 
advisor)' committee of the new Kinship 
Care Center at the University of Soutii 
Florida School of Social Work. He has won 
several awards mth these organizations as 
well. He has two sons and lives in Pinellas 
Count)', FL. 

♦Janice (Coomber) Haag '59BS/H&S 
is a bookkeeper for the Yosemite Credit 
Union in Y'osemite, CA. She and her 
husband, Donald, have Uvo children, 
Heidi and Ion, and twin grandsons. 



They closed their Winsor Farm Bed 
and Breakfast in September, 1998, after 
1 2 years. 

'Robert Lindholm '50BS/H&S has 

been an optii-whecl racing Timing and 
Scoring official since 1966, at the INDY 
500 and in CART. He has been in the Indy 
Racing League since 1996. May 2000 
marks his 35th Indy 500. Robert will work 
IRL races at Disncyworld, Atlanta, 
Louisville, and Dallas-Fort Worth this 
year. He was inducted into the INDY 500 
Oldtimers Club in 1997. 

'Chester Packard '57BFA is a retired 
art and earth science teacher for 
Richmond Public Schools. He and his 
wife, Isabelle have five children, three girls 
and two boys. 

1 960s 

John Barber '69BFA is a maritime 
artist who works in oils and sketches. He 
describes the water as "just magical." 
Because of his accurate depictions, ]. 
Russell linishian, a leading authority on 
contemporary marine art, calls Barber "the 
premier chronicler of Chesapeake Bay 
life." Barber was is one of 13 artists com- 
missioned to paint the White House for a 
year 2000 calendar. In 1985, he was com- 
missioned by the National Geographic 
Society to create an original oil painting for 
President Reagan. He lives in Richmond 
with his wife, Kathleen (Haller) Barber 
'67BS/B and two children. The Barber 
Gallery is also in Richmond. 

Beverly Brookshire '68BFA 
is the FDIC ombudsman for the 
New York regional area includ- 
ing NY, NJ, DL, PA and MD. 
She recently completed a 
walking tour of southwestern 
Turkey, visiting several archeo- 
logical sites. 

Sheila (Batsche) Melton 
'69BFA recentiy gave a program 
about "Colonial Dolls." She 
teaches classes on doU-making 



and makft d<jlU U> order. She livo in 

Spotsylvania, VA, 

MarithaJl Murdaugh '63BFA it 

cxttulivc director of the Atlantic f jly 
(k)nvcnlion and V'mUin Aulh^jrily and 
vice chair of the avwKiallon of Travd 
Markriing Fjttcutivo f ATMF.;, He has 
rea-ivcd several awardi, including the Atlu 
Award for CJarcer Achievement from 
ATME and State Travel Director of the 
Year. Marshall has been a stage actor, tele- 
vision producer, soldier, disc jockey and 
PR manager. He was state director of 
tourism for Virginia for 13 years beginning 
in 1970, when he helped develop the 
"Virginia is for Lovers" campaign. He was 
also an adjunct faculty member at VCU 
for seven years. He and his wife, Anita 
have two sons and a grandson, Tyler. 

•O. Scott Leath '69BS/B is the new 
president of the Virginia Press Association. 
He is senior vice president and business 
manager of the Richmond Times-Dispauh 
and has worked with Richmond 
Newspapers Inc. and Media General Inc 
for 32 years. 

•0. Ralph Puccinelli '64BS '69MS/B 
was named to the All-American Team of 
The American Funds Group of mutual 
funds. He is president of Chartered 
Financial Planning, Association in 
Richmond, where he has worked since 
1983, and Financial Accounting Ser\'ices, 
Ltd. with offices in Louisa, Richmond, and 
Farmville. He holds the CLU, ChFC and 
CPA/PFS designations. He lives with his 
wife, *Mary (JohnsonJ Puccinelli '64BS/E 
in Richmond. 

Peter Ring '68BFA '82MFA is an 
illustrator of wildlife, hunting, fishing, 
and die outdoor world in generaL His 
work appears frequendy in Virginia 
Wildlife and in the book, \VI:yDogs Do 
Vint, by Tom Davis. 

L Jim Ryan '67BS/E retired fi'om 
Newport News Public Schools in 1996 
after 30 years as an athletic administrator. 
He worked on ranches in Colorado, 



Ihey fiave twr< ctiddren, |ar.- 
Shannr/a He pJam to at^r, • 
and fuh on the bay. 

ttUf (BoM) Singh '««S 73M& 
'88PhD/H&S h the ncwot coedaorcrf 
Ahemative Thenpia in Hakh and 
Medicine. She if a clinical melfaodologiil 
with over 20 ytarf' experience at a teadia 
and revearcher in many acadonic and 
medical departmcnu. She it die (fiKdor of 
research for the Ojmplemenlapr Mefione 
Program ai the Umvenity of Maniand 
School of .Medicine. 

Patrida (Richardionl Tonqikim 
'67BS/N is working pan-lime at the 
University of California, San Dic^ Home 
Care and Western t'nivasty in Ponwna, 
California. She b visiting (he Mcflem 
nationaL state, and county parks by trtick 
camper in her spare time. She livet tnth 
her husband WOl in \'ista, CA. 

*Waher WiUman Jr. '60BS/B it 
vice president of finance for the Viigjiaa 
League for Planned Parenthood in 
Richmond. He Ihres in Qcn AOen, VA. 

1970s 

• Nancy Aispai^ 77BA/H&S ts co- 
executive producer of Richard Simmons' 
new nationally syndicated program. She 
has produced such show^ as Mdd! and 
Leeza. She won the 1996 Genesis .Award, 
was named one of the 1996 "Women to 
Watch in Hoflywood" named bs' the 
Hollywood Reporter and Boston's 100 
Most Interesting Women. 

Sharon Arthur 79BS/E '83BFA has 
been a professional artist for 1 5 STan. She 
paints landscapes subiectiv^'. Her pont- 
ings have appeared throughout the 
countr>'. The Gneenleaf GaDer>' in Duck on 
North Carolina's Outer Banks carries 
several of her original works. Her wxxks 
have also been selected tor juried show at 
Cluysler .Museum in NortbDt and the 
Peninsula Fine .\iXi Center. 

Stuart .Ashby 71BS/B is 
the manager of the Intake and 
Referral Unit at &e state 
Office of Consumer ASars in 
Richmond. He has heM 
\-arious positions tfarcw^ioa 



ll/UVX,/ 





HAPPy M[AL 



Commencement Breakfast 2000, millennial 
pancakes and scrambled eggs. It's a happy meal 
for grads, families and alumni servers alike! 
Nontraditional Studies alumni Mary E. Adams 
■93BGS and Jesse Butler '92BGS co-graruiate 
one of the newest NTS alumni. Thelma Stockton 
Southall Stone 71BS/H&S and Emily Hughes 
'66BS/E llMli were among two dozen alumni 
serving breakfast to graduates and their families. 



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the organization since graduation. He has 
a wife, Stepharue and two children, Ben 
and Elizabeth. 

Todd (Tignor) Barnes '74BME is a 
music specialist for Northumberland 
County Elementary School in VA. She has 
taught music here for 12 years. She also 
works with The Judgement Day 
Refreshment Committee, a choir of about 
80 teenagers who sing contemporary 
Christian music. 

Nancy (Greene) Boyer '70BFA has 
been appointed Principal, Director of 
Interiors of Jova Daniels Busby. She had 
been vice president of die firm which she 
joined in 1979. She lives witii her husband 
Rod and two daughters, Audrey and 
Whimey, in Buckhead, GA. 

Barbara (Smith) Brown 76MEd is 
principal of Petersburg High School. She 
was principal of Goochland Middle School 
as well as Goochland Elementary School. 
Barbara was a mathematics teacher and a 
teacher of the gifted. She lives in 
Richmond. 

Teresa (Pendleton) Browne '76BS/E 
is assistant director for nontraditional 
admission for Bryant College in 
Providence, RI. She worked for 
Cranston Adult 



Education for eight years. She lives in 
North Kingstovm, RI. 

Lillian (Andrews) Callins '70BS/SW 
received her MEd widi an emphasis in 
high school education from the University 
of Alabama in Birmingham, AL. She is a 
GED/Literacy Instructor for the City of 
Birmingham Board of Education. She has 
a husband, Aldrich and four children, 
Bediany, Chelsea, Richie, and Timothy. 

'Barbara (Gillyard) Chapman '77BS 
'79MEd is Virginia's 1998 Assistant 
Principal of die Year from die Virginia 
Association of Secondary School 
Prinidpals (VASSP) and die McDonald's 
Corp. She is principal of Elkhardt Middle 
School and has been with Richmond 
Public Schools for 22 years. 

»Iames Chau 76BS/H&S is certified 
by the American Board of Endodontics. 
He practices endodontics at the Naval 
Dental Center in Norfolk, VA. He and his 
wife, "Gloria (Yiu) '79BS/H&S have two 
children, Andrew and Anthony. 

Barbara (Eddins) Childress '72BS 
75MEd earned die 1999 MQken Family 
Foundation National Educator Award, 
which recognizes exceptional educational 
talent, promise and achievement in devel- 
opmg innovative educational curricula, 
programs and teaching mediods. She is 
prmdpal at Echo Lake Elementary 
School in Glen Allen, VA. 



Sheila Crowley 76BSW 78MSW 
'98PhD/SW is president of the National 
Low Income Housing Coalition. She 
teaches at VCU and is on die board of 
directors of the National Coalition for the 
Homeless. Sheila was die executive 
director of the Daily Planet, a multipur- 
pose agency in Richmond that helps the 
poor and homeless. 

Jacqueline Daily 77BS/E is a long- 
term substitute special education teacher 
for Norfolk Public Schools in VA. 
Jacqueline earned special certification 
ft-om Old Dominion University as a 
Special Education Teacher. She lives in 
Jarvisburg, NC. 

*Alice Davis 74BS/E is gallery 
manager of Oz, a Gallery of Fine Art and 
Craft. She is a painter and an Episcopal 
priest. Her work has been exhibited all 
over VA as well as many other galleries 
such as die Art Club of Washington, DC 
and the National Collection of Fine Art at 
die Smitiisonian Institute. She and her 
husband 'Joe Davis live in Luray, VA. 

Ronald Denny 77BFA is advertising 
and support manager for BB&T Corpora- 
tion. He was owner of Richmond-based 
Denny Marketing Co. He and his wife, 
Laura have two children. 

Jeannette Drake 76MSW 
'91MFA/H8(S won a scholarship 



award in the first annual National Arts 
Program at Richmond sponsored by the 
Leonard E. B. Andrews Foundation in 
July, 1999 and exhibited two drawings m 
Emerging Talent. She had three poems, 
Everybody Wants a Black Man, God and 
I7ie Good News, published in The TInrd 
Eye: Photograph by Jerome Bass (Volume 
1). Jeannette also does readings and work- 
shops in the Richmond area. 

Phyllis Dyer-Weldon 77BFA '83C/B 
is vice president of compliance services for 
the SEC in Raleigh, NC. She was chief 
information officer for Duke Clinical 
Research Institute. She is married to John 
Weldonni'84BFA. 

Milton Eichmann 7lBS/H8(S is an 
MD at Community Medical Practices, a 
General Family PracticeAJrology, Offices 
were opened in Ferriday, St. Joseph, and 
Vidaha, LA. 

Rex Ellis 74BFA is chairman and 
curator in the division of odtural history 
for the Museum of American History. He 
was the director of die Center for Museum 
Studies at the Smitiisonian 
Institution. Rex 
helped 




SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



initiate and was manager for a program 
unit devoted to African-Ameriain history 
at (;(ilc)nial Williamsl)urg in VA. 

'Michael Erwin '74BS/B is the 
executive vice president of ( jrter Myers 
Automotivc's Colonial Auto (xnler, a 
nine-franchise new-car dealership in 
Albemarle County. 1 le was vice president 
and service director. 

Christine Forzano '73BS/E is an 
award-winning songbird carver. For three 
years, her carvings have won several 
awards including best in show at the 
Atlantic Wildlife Art and Nature 
l-'xposilion in Virginia Beach in March, 
1999. Christine would like to be able to 
"carve the best wren around" and be the 
first woman to win the world competition 
for songbird carving. She is a physical 
education teacher at Spotsylvania High 
School and a volleyball coach. She is also 
a singer and former nightclub entertainer 
in Richmond. 

Robin Frank '77BA/H&S is vice 
president of governmental affairs for 
the Healthcare Association of New York 
State in Albany, NY. She lives in Clifton 
Park, NY. 

•Barbara Gizzard-Barham '71BS/E 
was April's featured artist at the 
Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 
a nonprofit Life-Care retirement com- 
munity in Irvington, VA. She is a member 
of the Petersburg Area Art League, the 
Shockoe Bottom Art League, and 1 708 
Art Gallery. She is working on her BFA 
and lives in Colonial Heights, VA. 

Patricia Gooch '74BFA is an artist 
and a lover of the outdoors. 

Cindi (AUen) Graesser '79BS/MC 
owns Imubrook Magazine. She has two 
children. 

David Green 79BFA is a manager in 
auto sales for Lithia Corporation. He 
works in their Toyota store in Springfield, 
OR. He has two sons, Austin and Maxwell. 

Joseph Hagenlocker 79MS/H&S 
is manager of security assessment and 
acCTeditation for the Virginia Department 
of Corrections in Richmond. He lives with 
his wife, Oneida in Chester. VA. 

•Lee Hamlin '75H&S is a sales 
manager for Alltel Corporation. 

Gail Harding '73BFA is the founder 
and second alto of Esprit de Chord, 
formed in 1988, an eight-voice a cappella 
ensemble that sings madrigals, spirituals, 
and light rock, folk, and pop songs. She 
performs mth Belles 'n' Beaus, a Patrick 
County song and dance troupe. She owns 
The Enterprise in Stuart, \'A. 

Patricia Hassard '79MS/MC is mar- 
keting direaor for the Virginia Society of 
the American Institute of Architects in 
Richmond. She has 20 years of profession- 
al marketing experience in the area with 
firms such as Maj-s & Valentine law firm 
and lohnston-WiDis Hospital. 

Richard W. Hatcher lU '73BA/H&S, 
with William Garrett Piston, wrote 
Wilson's Creek the Second Battle of the 
Civel War and the Mai VVTio Fought It. 
Richard is historian at Fort Sumter 
National Monument. 

Peter Hobbie 77MBA is Presbyterian 
College's 1999 Professor of the Year. He is 



an associate professor of religion and chair 
of the department and has worked for the 
college since 1990. 

Cheryl (Fomash) Hoffman 71 AS 
73BS/B has been the via.' president of 
Tornash Diamonds and line Icwelry in 
Richmond since 1995. She was in sales and 
marketing for IBM (jirporalion for 19 
years. She has a son, lames. 

Diane (Ritchie) Howerton 7IBS/E is 
the branch manager and business analyst 
for the new Crater Small Business 
Development Center. She owned two 
small businesses and worked for several 
firms such as Solomon Smith Barney and 
Wheat First Butcher Singer. 

Paul Jaber 78BS/B is senior vice pres- 
ident of mortgage lending for Triangle 
Bank in Rocky Mount, NC. He is also 
president of the Mortgage Bankers 
Association of the Carolinas. 

•Nancy (Prince) Jackson 76BS 
'80MS/E owns a real estate company with 
her husband, T. Michael [ackson, special- 
izing in waterfront properties, farms and 
property in the northern neck and middle 
peninsula area. They also work with 
NASCAR sponsorship marketing. Nancy 
has been a Middlesex County School 
Board member for 12 years, chairman for 
seven. She lives in Deltaville, VA. 

Esther Johnson 76BS/E 78MEd has 
been chief of research and policy for the 
Unemployment Insurance Service, 
Employment and Training Achninistra- 
tion, US Department of Labor since 
November, 1997. She published Free 
Blacks in the Northern Neck 1600s-1800s 
ft-om 15 years of researching her genealogy 
and other free black families in the 
Northern Neck, Essex and King George. 

Edriene Jolinson-Butcher 
73BS/H8(S is fund development consul- 
tant for the Pioneer Girl Scouts Council in 
Gastonia, NC. She has 17 years of experi- 
ence in Girl Scouting. Edriene worked at 
the national oflice of Girl Scouts of the 
USA in New York. She has tivo children, 
Kemi and .tei and a husband, Claude. 

Deborah (Jones) Kemper 73MM 
travels in the US and Canada teaching and 
performing in recitals, workshops, and 
instimtes. She is a Young Artist winner in 
the National Federation of Music Clubs 
and has performed a solo recital with the 
organ at the National Cathedral in 
Washington, DC. 

PhiUp Kendall 74MS 77PhD/H&S 
has been named a Laura Camell Professor 
of Psycholog)' at Temple University in 
Philadelphia, PA. He is an internationally 
recognized expert on clinical child psy- 
chology and clinical psj'chological 
research, heading Temple's Division of 
Clinical Ps)'chology and the Child and 
Adolescent .\nxiety Disorders Clinic 
Phihp is the president-elect of the 
American Psychological .\ssociation's 
di\ision of chnical child psychologN' as 
well. His treatment program for children 
with anxiety problems, the "Coping dt" 
has been translated into sLx languages and 
is used in more than 12 countries. He lives 
in .■Vrdmore, P.^. 

Larry Kent '77BM is music direaor 
for the Florida Pro Musica, a new non- 



profit or^nization with a l4-v<nce chtjna 
and 19-mcmbCT orcJxntra that pcrfonm 
Baroque and classical mmic. tic wuattit- 
tanl conductor of the 1 ampa Bay 
Chamber Orchc-slra. 

•Donna Knicely '77BS/E and her 
husband, 'John "Bill" Jordan 1(1 
'49BS/H&S are dedicated volunteers with 
the Hospital Hospitality House (HHH) at 
the MCV Campus. HUH received the 
(iovemor's (immunity Service and 
Volunleerism Award for 1999. 

Jonathan Lewis 79MA/H&S is 
Pcx)uoson City Schools' new superinten- 
dent. He was assistant superintendent in 
I lanover County schools in A.shland. He 
has served in education for 20 years. His 
wife, Claudctte (Beaudoin) 79BS/E 
teaches preschool, and they have two 
children, Nathan and Adrienne. 

•Harvey Lindsay 71 BS/MC is 
regional operations director for 
Wilmorite-lvanhoe Property Management 
and mall manager for Fort Henry Mall in 
Kingsport, TN. He has been in the 
shopping center industry with TrizecHahn 
for 20 years at six malls in five states. He 
lives with his wife, Sharon and four 
children, Paul, Christina, Alexis and Matt 

Carolyn (Young) Long 74BFA 
was 1 998- 1 999 teacher of the year at 
Goochland Elementary School in VA. 
She has taught there and at Goochland 
High School for 1 1 years. Carolyn is a 
professional artist having exhiljited at 
the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, 
the Penninsula Fine Arts Center in 
Newport News, the Virginia Museum of 
Fine Arts and many other galleries along 
the eastern seaboard. She is pursuing a 
MIS in painting at VCU. She has been 
married for 26 years to her husband, John 
and they have a daughter, Sara. 

Valerie Marsh 78BSW '89MSW 
has been the executive director of NAMl- 
Virginia, a state affiliate of the National 
Alliance for the Mentally 111 since 1994. 
She foimded and was the first executive 
direaor of the first homeless shelter in 
Richmond in 1981. Valerie is married and 
has two children, Sean Michael and Katie. 

Betsy (Wurl) McKean 70MFA is a 
feculty member of the Center tor the .\rts 
in Florida. Her work has been displayed in 
numerous prestigious exhibitions such as 
the Smithsonian and the Headley Whime)" 
Art Museum in Lexington. K^". 

James McNeal '77MS/H&S is a 
certified scuba instruaor of 23 years 
teaching at \'CU since 1984 and at the 
Lake Rawlings Recreational Scuba Park. 
He is the owner and manager of the Dive 
Shop in Richmond and a member of the 
Professional .Association of Di%ing 
Instruaors iP.\DIl. He was a biologist 
for the state working with the Water 
Control Board. He has led dive travel 
groups to places like the Bahamas, Grand 
Cavman Island. Bonaire, Honduras, 
Belize, Fiii, and Haw^. 

Charles Miller 73BS/B is the txecu- 
tive direaor of Piedmont Healthcare 
Systems in Rock HiD, SC He was chief 
operating olScer. Charles has a wifie, 
Catherine and two sons. Hunter and 
Stephen. 



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enj<;ying hilun^ tUnimf ar/ 
Native American and Hiipa:.. - . 
She liva with her ion, .Mile. 

Oarioae (Lou^uidge/ .Vtocgan 
78MEd "91 MFA/H&S u a teacher at 
Dabney S. Lancaiter Commuiuty Ccde^ 
in VA. She wrote One Aigia» Day whkh 
was featured in 1 999't Mud) A<lo Abcua 
Books, an annual Irteraiy event and find- 
raiser in Jacksonville, FL Tins no«d %« 
nominated for the Libfaiy of Virginia't 
Fiaion Award. Her shod ftory. What I Eat 
was selected for the Pushcart Prize colec- 
tion. Chariolle won the Sherwood 
Anderson Short Story Competition and 
the Virginia Highland Literary FestivaL 
Novel Cat^ory. She is married to John 
Moi^an'91MFA. 

Patricia 03annon 7IBS/E. a 
Henrico County, \\ Supervtior, t> one of 
ten winners of the Good Houstkeepmg 
.Awards for Women in GovenunenL 
Judges chose Pat because of her extraordi- 
nary work to combat domestic vioience. 
Gooii Housdtoptri; win pro61e her in dieir 
July issue. She plans to donate her $2300 
prize to support domestic violence 
programs in Henrico. 

•Edward Obenneyer 78BFA "^tMS 
won first place at the TV.\LA iuried odii- 
bition at Crestar Bank in Norfolk, \'.V He 
won the IGIF.A Striped Bass Contest for his 
illustration published in the 1999/2000 
Fisherman's Guide. Edward is also pub- 
lished in .\ Tapestry of Knowlec^e. He is 
the fine arts coordinator for Larkspur 
Middle School in Virginia Beach wfieie he 
li\-es with his wife, Kristine. 

Tom Parker 70MSW is a returning 
board member for the Laughlin Heahfa 
Care Foundation in GreeDe\TlIe, TN. He 
has worked in social senices in the area 
since 1970. He was senior vice president 
tor clinical services at Frontier Health and 
is now retired. He has a wife, Betty and two 
children, Eric and Erica. 

•Deborah Parrish 76BS/B is job 
center coordinator for Goodwill Inbisiiies 
in Richmond. She was in pharmacnitiral 
sales and management in Wasfaingloo, 
DC She li>es in Goochland V.A. 

John Panisfa 77MS '80PhD/H&S is 
executive direaor of the Erickson Foimda- 
tion, a nonprofit organization to eSsa 
positive change in the areas of geiiatric 
research, edixation and urban lenewaL 
Helixes in EDicott Citv-, MDv»ith hisw*, 
Sherrv- and their daughter. Shannon. 

•Gerrv PowteD 77BS/B is chief finan- 
cial officer tor W.K. Bonsai Company in 
Charlotte. NC He hvies with his wife. 
Suzarme in Monroe, NC He has tv«ins, 
T.I. and NathaiL 

•Linda (GiabilD Reinke 73MSW is a 
retired social wxHk administrator for "Die 
Salvation .Army Family Services in 
Chio^o, n. ^ liv« in \MIlian1sbu15 
VX 

•Gary Kchey 75BS/H&S is associaK 
professor in education at Phinouth Sote 



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College in NH and was granted tenure. 
He is also the coordinator of the special 
education option in the Department of 
Education. Gary was the assistant profes- 
sor of education at the college. 

Bobby Shearin 78MS/AH(RC) is the 
warden for the Federal Correctional 
Institution in Loretto, PA. He has worked 
in ten federal institutions since 1973. He 
and his wife, Carol have four children. 

James Smith 11 '77MSW is an 
academic lecturer in the Department of 
Social Work at the University of Wyoming 
in Laramie. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in 
die US Army Reserve. James was a social 
work officer in the 1835th Medical 
Detachment (Combat Stress Component) 
in Denver, Colorado. He is a member of 
die National Association of Social 
Workers, National Council on Family 
Relations, and a life member of the 
Council of African American Men. 

Robert Sparkman II '77BS/B is a 
financial analyst with Operational 
Research Consultants Inc. in Alexandria, 
VA. He lives in Montclair, VA. 

Douglas Stone '73BFA is chairman of 
die planning and zoning commission in 
Funkstown, MD. He is a prize-winning 
photographer, artist, electrician, landscap- 
er and union official. He works for 
Panghom Corp. as an electrician and is 
president of United Auto Workers Local 
842. His paintings are post abstract 
impressionist. He and his wife, Stephanie 
have two children, Ben and David. 

Glenn Sullivan 75BS/H&S is director 
of Amherst County Social Services in VA. 
He was director of child care and employ- 
ment services for Lynchburg, VA's social 
and human services department. He is 
married to Linda Sullivan '75BS/E. 

*Jean Thomas '78MEd retired from 
the Richmond Public Schools after 31 
years of teaching. She and her husband, 
Frank ti'avel and volunteer, especially with 
die Meals on Wheels Program in 
Richmond. 

♦Ronald Tillett '79BS/H8(S is the state 
finance secretary of VA since 1995. He was 
deputy state treasurer in 1987 and state 
treasurer in 1993. 

Bruce Twyman '74BS/MC is the 
advertising director for die Virginia 
Tourism Corporation. Bruce has two 
children, Nia and lonadian. 

Ted Vamier '70BS/B plays tenor 
saxophone for "Rotations," a local band 
that plays beach, soul, rock 'n' roll, and 
R8(B music in Petersburg. He retired 
from Philip Morris after 25 years. He and 
his wife, Patsy have four children and 
three grandchildren. His daughter, 
Michelle Vamier '99BA received her 
degree this year. 

Brenda (Layne) Velarde '74BME is 
Educator of die Year for Gretna Elemen- 
tary School in VA. She has been the music 
teacher there for nine years. 

Paula Warren '77MSW teaches 
French I through IV and ancient and 
medieval history at Stuart Hall School in 
Staunton, VA. She taught in public and 
private schools in Richmond and 
Northern VA. 



Clayton WatWns II 76BS/H8fS 

married Dr Elise Marguerite Hughes 
on May 22, 1999. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

Claudia (Guyton) Wells 76BS/E is a 
library media specialist for Cold Harbor 
Elementary School in Hanover County, 
VA. She married Gordon Wells on July 1 7, 
1999. They live in Richmond. She has a 
daughter, Brooke. 

Vernon Wildy 77MEd is associate 
director for secondary instructional 
services with the Virginia Department of 
Education, a counselor and teacher in the 
Richmond City public schools, a teacher of 
adult education and an adjunct professor 
at I. Sargeant Reynolds Community 
College. He is afliliated widi many honor- 
able associations as well. He has a wife, 
Margaret and a son, Vernon Wildy Jr. 

Robert Worthy 72BFA 79MEd 
'99MIS is an administrative officer for die 
Education for Independence Program and 
an adjunct art professor at Rappahannock 
Community College. He is married to 
Jacqualene Worthy '69BS/H8cS 76MEd. 

Delmar Wright 77BS '87MS/H&S 
'99PhD/CPP has been deputy chief 
inspector of Powhatan County, VA since 
1997.HeisondieUS Postal Inspection 
Service Executive Committee, the 
Inspection Capital Investment Committee 
and die USPS Diversity Oversight 
Conunittee. Delmar is also a motivational 
speaker for career professionals and at-risk 
youths. He was recendy asked to chair a 
new federal law enforcement group 
addressing recruitment, retention and 
career progression challenges in federal 
law enforcement. 

*Gary Zwicker 78MBA is a bilMng 
manager for the Virginia Department of 
Information Technology in Richmond. He 
has two daughters, Elizabeth and 
Marianne. 

1 980s 

♦William "Eddy" Houchins '80BFA 

writes in with a correction. He works for 
Disney Television Animation. He did 
not direct the video, "Pirates of the 
Caribbean,"(our mistake). William has 
directed 22 episodes of the "Disney's 
Hercules" series. 

James Adkin-^ III '86BS/H&S is die 
resource officer at Henrico High School. 
He has been there for five years and 
with the Henrico Division of PoHce for 
twelve years. 

Valerie Albano '89BS/AH received 
die "Phoenix Award" from Healthcare 
Underwriters Mutual Insurance Co. 
She is the director of Healtii Information 
Management at Northern Dutchess 
Hospital in NY. Valerie is certified by the 
American Health Information Manage- 
ment Association as an acaedited records 
and registered records administrator. 

Herbert Armstrong '83MBA is die 
assistant dean of die School of Aviation 
and Transportation at Dowling College in 
Oakdale, NY since 1993. He is the assistant 
dean of the School of Business since 1998. 
Herbert dfrects the MBA programs, 
including some in Moscow and China. 



Barry Badgett '85BFA was granted 
tenure and a promotion to Associate 
Professor of Sculpture at Wichita State 
University in Wichita, KS. His wife, 
Angelique (Tainter) Badgett '84BFA 
graduated in May, 1999 with a degree in 
elementary education. She teaches second 
grade at Minneha Core Knowledge 
Magnet in Wichita, KS. They have two 
children, Caidin and Nolan. 

Jane Ballard '89BA/H8£S is a 
Librarian/Media Specialist and faculty 
member at St. Paul's College, James 
Russell Solomon Library. She lives in 
Chesterfield County. 

Sam Bass '84BFA is an artist specializ- 
ing in drawing and painting stock cars and 
other racing images. He owns Sam Bass 
Illustation and Design. He helped design 
the new Dale Earnhardt Gibson Les Paul 
guitar. He worked with several country 
music artists on design work as well. 

Leigh Baxter '80BME '84MM is a 
composer. He is an adjimct faculty mem- 
ber for John Tyler Community College 
and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community 
College. He taught for Huguenot Academy 
and Rudlin Torah Academy. He tunes 
pianos and is secretary for the Tidewater 
chapter of the National Association of 
Composers, USA. He is published widi 
Seesaw Music, Inc. of New York, 

Thomas Bechtel '85BS/H&S is a RN 
at IHS at tile Woodlands in Hershey, PA. 
Heandhiswife,Tina live in Dauphin with 
dieir two daughters. 

Lenzie "Jack" BosweU HI '80BS/B is 
dfrector of sales for ECR Pharmaceuticals 
in Richmond. He has a son, Adam. 

Richard Brace '84BS/H&S is city 
administrator for Brunswick, MD. He 
worked for the county planning depart- 
ment for fourteen years. He is a member of 
the American Planning Association's 
Maryland Chapter. Richard lives witii his 
wife, Starrette, in the New Market area. 

Richard Bradley '86BA/H8!S is a 
staff analyst at Compuware Corporation 
in Arizona. 

David Bromley '85BFA '86MFA is 
an adjunct faculty member at VCU. His 
artwork appears in New Art International. 
His works have appeared at the 1708 
Gallery, Clark-Pollack Gallery, Charles H. 
Taylor Art Center, and Artspace in VA as 
well as the Agora Gallery and Banco 
Popular in NY. Within his art, David says 
he is "able to consider traditional formal 
concerns dirough elements of realism and 
abstraction." 

J. Lynwood Butner '81MPA is 
assistant commissioner for motor carrier 
services for the Vfrginia Department of 
Motor Vehicles in Richmond. He has 30 
years of ttansportation experience. He was 
state traffic engineer for VDOT. 

Elizabedi (Lanham) Calaman 
'85BS/B married Victor Calaman on June 
23, 1998. She is a senior investment officer 
with Crestar Investment Group. They live 
in Richmond. 

Scott Cannady '88BA/H8(S '96MPA 
is the managed care supervisor for the 
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance 
Services. He has two children. Scott lives 
witii his wife, Maria (Biims) Cannady 



'90BFA '97BS/AH in Moseley, VA. She 
works part-time at the Children's Hospital 
in Richmond. 

Julie (Jones) Carwile '83BS/E 
'94MS/B is die assistant professor of 
business for Southside Virginia Commu- 
nity College in Alberta, VA. She has three 
children. 

Carolyn (Lowenthal) Cios '86H8cS 
'88MPA is the finance director for 
Powhatan County, VA. She was in market- 
ing and advertising for Peak Performance 
in Midlothian. Carolyn has held several 
financial positions. She lives with her 
husband, Christopher Cios '88DDS and 
her stepdaughter in Midlothian. 

Sara (Miller) Clark '80BFA '96MFA 
was awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine 
Arts Professional Fellowship in painting. 
She is an adjimct faculty member in the 
Department of Painting and Printmaking 
at VCU. Sara is married to Scott Clark 
'90C/B. 

Shawn Clerkin '89MFA received 
tenure at Gaimon University of Erie, PA. 
He is die director of the dieater program 
and assistant professor of theater. 

♦Monique (Mercer) Coleman 
'87BAyH8(S married *Byron Coleman on 
May 1, 1999. She works at RO.W. Sciences 
Inc. in Rockville, MD. They live in 
Baltimore County, MD. 

Mark Connelly '83BS/B is die branch 
manager of Coimtrywide Home Loans in 
Richmond (Midlothian office). He Uves 
in Chesterfield. 

Dennis Danvers '89MFA/H&S had 
his fourth novel. End of Days released in 
July 1999. His durd novel. Circuit of 
Heaven was nominated for the Library 
of Vfrgjnia's Fiction Award. 

♦Christopher Davis '87BS/B married 
♦Carolyn Peel '92MD '95HS on May 29, 
1 999. He works for Miami Systems in 
Richmond and she is a member of die 
MCV feculty. They live in Richmond. 

♦Collins Denny IV '87BS/B fonned 
TekCon, a technical consulting organiza- 
tion providing network integration, 
analysis, design and support services in 
February, 1998. He focused on Year 2000 
professional services. He has over 14 years 
of information systems and audit experi- 
ence. He worked for Deloitte and Touche 
throughout the US. 

Patricia Donnelly '87MSW is a 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 
Downeast Whole Health Associates in 
Machias, ME. She treats "the mind-body 
connection." PaOricia worked as an indi- 
\idual and group psychotherapist for the 
past ten years. She is approved by the ME 
State Licensing Board of Subsistance 
Abuse Counselors to clinically supervise 
substance abuse counselors. She also 
presents workshops on domestic violence, 
communications, stress and anger man- 
agement, and assertiveness training. 

Peter Drummond '88BFA is the vice 
president and general manager at 
Grapheme Inc. He recendy moved from 
Montreal to Toronto to build-up die 
brand identity firm of Cossette Communi- 
cations IPO in June, 1999. Peter was in the 
Falls Chiu-ch, VA area doing projects 
recendy. He lives widi his wife, Julie and 
two children, Sise and Tate. 



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RlMXOI'Tlllito 

Allen Jones '82BFA '92MFA/A 





A black and white photograph of 
some of the nearly 10,000 white 
crosses in the American Cemetery at 
Coleville sur Mer above the bluffs at 
Omaha Beach in Normandy, France 
sets the tone for an exhibition by 
Virginia Commonwealth University 
photographer Allen lones. 

"Return to Normandy" is part of 
the opening exhibitions at the new 
National D-Day Museum in New 
Orleans, June 6, 2000-May 1, 2001. 
Jones, the manager of photography at 
VCU's Media Production Services has 
made several trips to France to photo- 
graph the remains of the German 
defensive fortifications along the 
beaches as they appear today, 56 years 
after the invasion of Normandy, on 
D-Day, June 6, 1944. The black and 
white photographs document what is 
left of the German bunkers that still 
dominate what was once known as 
Hider's "Atlantic Wall" on the 
Normandy coastline. The exhibit 



includes 30 of the more than 1000 
images Jones made of the sites over a 
three-year period. 

In his personal photographic 
projects, Jones focuses primarily on 
the landscape. "I^andscape provides 
an insight into history and mirrors 
contemporary concerns. The way we 
treat or mistreat the land is an indica- 
tor of our cultural values," Jones said. 
"One of the things 1 am fascinated by 
is the evidence of human activity in a 
landscape that lacks the actual 
presence of people." 

Jones uses several different 
camera formats in his work. Primarily 
he relies on a 4X5 \iew camera to 
produce meticulously composed and 
highly detailed studies of his subjects 
and their environs. 

In May of 1997 Jones traveled to 
the beaches of Normandy. There, he 
made stark black and white pho- 
tographs of the pockmarked German 



bunkers thai sland as "quiet monu- 
ments" to the events of a haJf century 
earlier. The images resulted in a year- 
long exhibition at the George C 
Marshall Museum in Lc-xington, Va. 

"I liked the exhibit and decided to 
include it in the museum's ojxning 
because the photos provide WWII 
veterans with the opportunity to see 
how the beach looks now," said Paula 
Ussery, curator of the National D-Day 
Museum. "Since they are in black and 
white, Jones' photos provide a visual 
connection to the past. My hope is 
that the veterans will open up and talk 
to their families about the events that 
took place that day." 

The D-Day photographs evoke a 
sense of peace and serenity despite the 
fact that their subject is war. "Being at 
Normandy, you get an inaedible 
sense of the sacrifice the soldiers 
made. It's a saaed place," said Jones. 
"It was a bloody and brutal battle. A 
lot of veterans go back to die beach to 
come to terms with how horrible it 
was. It brings them closure." 

Revisiting the battle site may have 
also provided a sense of closure for 
Jones, whose father served in the Air 
Force during WWII. Since childhood, 
Jones had quizzed his father with 
questions about the war. His ouiosity 
nudged at him and in adulthood, he 
researched the war and the battle and 
became more aware of his parents' 
sacrifices. 

"! did this projert as a remem- 
brance to them, as a tribute to my 
father who passed away four years 
earlier," Jones said. "On a larger scale, 
it becomes a tribute to a generation." 

Jones' latest project also centers 
on WWII. He Wsited a place near 
Rouen, France, where allied soldiers, 
on the march to Berlin in the later 
stages of the war, camped in an area 
which became known as the "cigarette 




camps." On the trees, soldien carved 
their names, places of birth and year 
of their arrival in France. Over time 
the trees grew, stretching the carvings 
and distorting the writing. 

Jones is attracted to the traditional 
French landscape with the added twist 
of what is now historical graffiti "It's 
a remarkable, yet eerie place," said 
Jones. "1 was intrigued enough to turn 
it into an exhibition." 

Jones hasn't fcKused solely on war 
histor)'. .Another of his recent projects 
includes a photographic documenta- 
tion of the dear cutting of rainforest 
areas on the Osa Peninsula in Cosu 
Rica. That exhibit is currenth- part of 
a traveling exhibition with the 
\'irginia Museum of Fine .Km. 



Websites http//ru-nv.goruirstuiIl 

fdn.org/museum.html 

http//:wH'w.dda}Tmtseum.OTg 

The National D-Day Museum accepts 
donations ofW'orid War U memorabil- 
ia. Contact S'ational D-Day Museum; 
143 Magazine Street; Sen- Orleans. U 
740130. Email info^^d^vtuseumorg. 



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SUMMER ; 



Once again, Alumni Association members treated 500 accepted students 
and their families for lunch during the Admissions Office's annual Block 
Party. Alumni grilled almost 2,000 hot dogs, served chicken fingers, poured 
soft drinks and helped more than 1,200 visitors feel welcome at VCU. During 
their visit, students and their families tour classrooms and labs, attend 
academic sessions, and receive Information on areas Including housing, 
financial aid, and safety. 




Julia Duncan '83BA/H&S is an editor 
and writer for the publications office at 
George Mason University in Fair&x, VA. 
She is in the MFA creative writing 
program there as well since 1998. Her 
short story Ghost in a Glass House was 
published by Gargoyle in 1998. Julia lives 
with her husband, Richard Waldrop and 
their two children, Kai and Hannah Grace 
in Alexandria, VA. 

Lloyd Dunnavant '87BA/H&S is back 
in Richmond after 12 years as executive 
director of Children At Risk Today. He 
and his wife, Siobhan have four children, 
Rylan, Cameron, Helen-Gray and Dwyer. 

Doug Edwards '88BS/B works for 
Hudson-Blunt Insurance of Middlesex 
and Mathews County in Topping, VA. 
He has worked in insurance for ten years. 
Doug worked at Virginia Farm Bureau in 
Kilmarnock. He has his LUTCF and is 
working towards a CLU. His wife, 
Kimberly (Kidd) Edwards '90BS/AH 
works for Lancaster County Public 
Schools. They live with their two children 
in Lively, VA. 

•Pamela (Frailey) Faggert '86MBA is 
the vice president and chief environmental 
officer for Dominion Generation and 
Virginia Power. She was manager of 
environmental policy and compliance. 
Pamela is married with two children, four 
stepchildren, and six stepgrandchildren. 

Cameron Forrester '82BGS/NTS was 
elected to National Bankshares, Inc.'s 
(NBI) Board of Directors. He was presi- 
dent, CEO, and a member of the Board of 
Dirertors for the Bank of Tazewell County. 
Cameron began his banking career in 
1984. He teaches classes for the American 
Institute of Banking. 

Peter Fraser '88BFA works for Rau & 
Associates in Richmond. He worked at the 
Glave Firm. 

Hugo "Larry" Giancaterino '84MS/B 
is the president and CEO of Chasen's 
Business Interiors Inc. He started his 
business with Irvin Chasen in 1979 and 
bought it in 1987. Chasen's now has a new 
subsidiary, Chasen's e- Workspaces, which 
combines the business with new technolo- 
gy to allow clients to create a virtual office 
before purchasing the fijmiture. He and 
his wife, Cecile have a son. 

Randolph Glasscock '87BA/H&S 
received the "Outstanding Contribution to 
Family and Children Services" for Wasatch 
and Utah Counties. He is the Family 
Support Service coordinator for Wasatch 
Mental Health in Provo, Utah. 



Kathy (Floria) Gmeiner '86BFA is a 

self-employed marketing consultant. She is 
attending die Ecumenical Institute of 
Theology afifihated with St. Mary's College 
in Baltimore, MD for an MA in Theology. 
Kathy and her husband, Ambrose went to 
Bolivia in June, 1998 to bring home their 
adopted girl, who is now 2. They have two 
children, Brennan and ElUe and live in 
New Market, MD. 

John Graham '88MA/B is associate 
professor of finance at Duke Univeristy's 
Fuqua School of Business. He won one of 
eight Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships 
given nationally in the economics field for 
2000. John is researching the tax benefits 
to debt and whether it is optimal for com- 
panies to operate as conglomerates. After 
his first year at Fuqua, he received the 1998 
Chrysler Award for Innovation and 
Excellence in Teaching. He also received 
the Bank of America Outstanding Faculty 
Award by Fuqua's Board of Visitors last 
fall. John is currently the director of the 
quarterly Duke/Financial Executives 
Institute Corporate Outlook Survey and 
the associate editor for the Journal of 
Finance, the top journal in his field. He is 
also on several conmiittees at Fuqua and 
one of the school's United Way ambas- 
sadors. 

Robert Gray '81C/B is chairman of 
the American Bar Association House of 
Delegates. He is \ice president of LeClair 
Ryan of Richmond. Robert was president 
of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers 
Conference and chairman of the Virginia 
State Bar Commission on Women and 
Minorities. 

Jeffrey Green '89BS '95BS/H8(S 
is a special agent with the Federal Bureau 
of Investigation in the Philadelphia office. 
He was accepted into the PhD program in 
criminal justice at Temple University. 
Jeffrey was a Chesterfield County police 
officer while at VCU. 

•Dennis HaU '88BS '89BS/B is the 
general manager for the Richmond 
Coliseum. He was assistant general 
manager. Dennis is a Certified Public 



Accountant. He was finance director for 
the Richmond Association of Realtors. 

Tammie Hall '82BAyH8cS is senior 
legal assistant for the Department of 
Healdi Professions in Richmond. She lives 
in Chesterfield, VA. 

Helen (Reed) Hayes '88BFA is the 
president of HL Reed Design Inc. She 
designed several area restaurants including 
Main Street Beer Co., Ruth's Chris Steak 
House, Bottega, Pasta Luna, MulHgan's, 
and Shackleford's. She is also involved in 
an ongoing renovation of the Annabel Lee. 
Helen's work appears in Charlottesville 
and Fredricksburg, VA as weU. She is cur- 
rently working on a proposal for a 
barbecue restaurant. 

Michael Hensdill '85MFA received a 
second place award in sports photography 
in the annual NC Press Association News, 
Editorial, and Photojournalism Contest. 
He is a photographer for The Gazette in 
Gastonia, NC. Michael is married with two 
children. 

Michael Hervey '83BS/B was selected 
as one of 25 1999 Fannie Mae Foundation 
Fellows for the Program for Senior 
Executives in State and Local Government 
at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy 
School of Government He is the executive 
director of Parish Street Historic DisUict 
Neighborhood Foundation (FSHDNF) in 
Jackson, MS. 

Barbara Hill '86MFA is program 
director for the Hand Workshop Art 
Center in Richmond. She is an artist whose 
work has been displayed around Virginia. 
Barbara makes clay vessels. 

Mary Holland '85MFA has been 
manager of the Adult Studio Class 
Program for the Virginia Museum of Fine 
Arts since 1989. She has had one-person 
exhibitions at Peninsula Fine Arts Center 
in Newport News, VA, and two-person 
exhibitions at the Hand Workshop in 
Richmond and Twentietii Cenmry Gallery 
in Wilhamsburg, VA. Mary's work appears 
in die collections of Crestar, MCV, Signet 
Bank, Trigon Blue Cross and Blue Shield 
and UVA. She recently served as a juror for 



the Artists of the Chesapeake Juried Art 
Exhibition in Kilmarnock, VA. 

John Hoppenthaler '88MFA/H8tS is 
Toni Morrison's assistant and teaches 
part-time at St. Thomas Aquinas College. 
He is co-editor o( Kestrel. John's poetry has 
recently appeared in Pbughshares, 
Connecticutt Review, Chekea, Tar River 
Poetry, The Blootnsbury Review, Luna and 
Defined Providence. He was nominated 
Uvice for the Pushcart Prize this year. He 
also does several essay and book reviews 
for Arts & Letters and Chelsea. John's poem 
Sipk Dome wall be reprinted in the anthol- 
ogy Clockpunchers: Poetry of the American 
Workplace. 

Gregory Hopper '86BS/H&S married 
Evelyn (Maxson) on September 26, 1998. 
They both work for Crestar Bank and live 
in Chesterfield. 

Diana (SneU) Hubbard '87BS/MC 
married Troy Hubbard '95BS/MC on 
May 22, 1999. Diana has a marketing con- 
sulting firm, Impact Media Inc. in 
Richmond. Troy has an advertising firm, 
Hubbard Productions in Richmond 

Deborah Hunley-Stukes '82BS/E 
earned the 1999 Milken Family 
Foundation National Educator Award, 
which recognizes exceptional educational 
talent, promise and achievement in devel- 
oping innovative educational curricula, 
programs and teaching methods. She is 
principal at Hugo A. Chvens Middle 
School in Chesapeake, VA. 

Paul Iwashchenko '86BS/B married 
Cynthia (Dean) on January 22, 1999. He is 
the owner of Realty Upkeep. They live in 
Richmond. 

Marian Jacobs '81BFA is a senior 
designer in the interiors department and 
an associate for CUH2A. 

James Johnson '80MS/H&S is a ftJl- 
time assistant professor of criminology/ 
criminal justice at Virginia Union 
University in Richmond. He vras an 
adjunct professor since 1994 when he 
retired as an IRS special agent. James 
recently retired as command sergeant 
major of the 80th institutional training 
division in Richmond. 

•Kevin Johnson '83BS/B works at 
Seagram and Co. in New York City 
managing their worldwide information 
technology contracts to support Seagram 
(beverage company), Polygram Records 
(music industry), and Universal Studios 
(film and entertainment industry). He 
manages staff in Los Angeles, London, 
and New York City. 

Vanessa Johnson '89BS '94MS/ 
AH(RC) is a vocational rehabilitation 
counselor at the Department of Rehabili- 
tative Services in Richmond. She lives with 
her husband, Shelton. 

Adine (Pearhnan) Jones '89BS/H8(S 
is a veterinarian at die Hartfield Animal 
Hospital and Kilmarnock Animal Hospital 
of VA. She worked at the Warwick Animal 
Hospital and the Virginia Zoological Park. 
She has a special interest in exotic animals 
such as snakes and lizards. She married 
Joey Jones in October, 1 999. 



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'Stephen Kadar Jr. '89 is a senior 
space controller in the Store Space 
Planning Department ol'(;ircuit (My 
Stores in Kichmond. 

Kim (Brace) Kane '83BFA is director 
ol marketing and public relations tor 
Cameo Financial Corporation. She was 
marketing coordinator for a commerical 
bank spanning several counties in Ohio. 

Stephen Keene '82BFA is an artist of 
understandable and affordable paintings. 
He prides him-sclfon "making a good 
quality object that's affordable to 
everyone." Stephen's work was shown in 
Houston in 1998. 

Greg Kelly '85BS/H8(S is vice presi- 
dent and director of project development, 
marketing, and sales for Greenwood 
Partnership, Ltd. He was manager of 
global business development for the 
Virginia Economic Development 
Partnership in Richmond. Greg has 
worked in industrial sales and marketing 
for 12 years. 

''Dwayne King '84BS/H8<S is an 
attorney in Seattle, WA. He received his 
LL.M. degree in Ta.\ Law in 1996. 

*Erik Laursen '86MEd '96PhD/E is 
president of the National Association of 
Strength Based Services International. He 
lives with his wife, *]aniiie Laurson 
'98ME<i and two children in Midlothian. 

Elizabeth Lowe '83MS/H8cS is the 
chairman of the Washington County 
School Board. She is the director of 
extended learning for Clinch Valley 
College and the University of Virginia. 
She and her husband. Randy have 
two children. 

Rachel Maddux '83BS/B '99MEd is 
an administrative staffer at VCU. 

♦Cheryl (Corona) Magill '81MEd 
'99PhD/E won the 1999 Outstanding 
Dissertation Award from the Education 
Law Association. 

*Iulia (Schieken) Malakofif 
'89BA/H8cS '89BS/MC is president of 
Envoy Creative Consultants in Alexandria, 
VA. She just lauched a website showcasing 
the commercial photographers her firm 
represents. lulia has a new son, Benjamin. 

Nicholas Mangieri '89MIS wrote 
Brokai Badge and Frozen Shield, which are 
about FBI corruption, political intrigue 
and his life. 

Alice McDonald '87MSW is director 
of programs and senices for the Center for 
Family Ser\'ices in West Palm Beach, PL. 
She was a faculty field instructor at Barr)' 
University's School of Social Work and a 
clinical director at Parent-Child Center 
Inc. of West Palm Beach. 

Stephen Melton '87BS/B '96MBA is 
plant manager tor Ukrop's kitchen services 
in Chesterfield Count)'. 

Charles Mercer '88BS/E is DC Public 
Schools' Teacher of the Year. He is a sLxth- 
grade teacher from Bumille Elementar)' 
School. Charles has taught for the past ten 
years. He received the US Department of 
Education Fulbright-Ha\'s Foreign Scholar 
Seminar Abroad Program to Brazil, 
National Science Teachers Association 
Alice Moses Scholarship Fund, DC 
Metropolitan Organization of Black 



Scientists Elementary Teacher of the Year, 
and Keeper of the Dream Award. 

I^ura (Pouporc) Mcrrcll '85BS/B and 
her husband, David celebrated the birth of 
their son, Marc David on February 2, 
1999. 

Mclikc (Dagli) Monahan '87BS/B is 
an examiner/investig.itor for the Slate 
Corporation (Commission. She married 
Frank Monahan in 1993. They live with 
their two daughters in Midlothian. 

T. David Myers '87BS/B is the chief 
financial officer for the Richmond Public 
Schools. 

Jeffrey Newton '80BS/H8(S is one of 
the first 69 certified jail managers in the US 
from the American jail Association. He is 
the jail administrator lor tile Cumberland 
County Jail, Portland, Maine, the largest 
direct supervision jail in Maine. 

♦Melissa (Hale) Nolan '84BS/H8cS 
married Charles Nolan on May 1, 1999. 
She works for die Office of die Pubhc 
Defender in Baltimore. 

Kathleen O'Connor '82BFA spent 
tile last five years in Norway. She is now 
living in Virginia and doing graphic art 
on the Mac. 

♦Donald Olah '86MM is a strings 
teacher for Spotsylvania County Public 
Schools. He has several new arrangements 
and compositions for school string orches- 
tras being published in 1999 and 2000, 
including AW the Pretty Little Horses for 
Northfield Publications, Mendelssohn 
Italian Symphony for MSB Publications, 
and Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni for 
Edel Music Publishing. 

Usa Oliva '89BS/MC earned tiie 
Accredited Business Communicator pro- 
fessional designation from the Richmond 
chapter of the International Association of 
Business Communicators. She is public 
aftairs manager for the Federal Reserve 
Bank of Richmond. 

♦Howard Owen '81MA/H&S is pub- 
lishing his fifth novel, Harry and Ruth, in 
September. Howard is deput)' managing 
editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Sheryl Pannell '86C/B is a CPA and 
die manager-in-charge of die Clifton 
Gimderson PLLC office in Richmond. She 
is a member of the firm. Sher)d has worked 
there since 1995. She worked for the 
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance 
Services and Coopers & Lybrand. 

Bruce Pettway '88BS/B is a self- 
employed broker. He lives with his wife, 
Nicol in Birmingham, ,AL. 

♦Stephanie Peyton '86BSW '88MSW 
is a social work case manager for Mar,' 
Washington Hospital in Fredricksburg, 
VA. 

Richard Powell '87BS/B moved to 
Denver from Chicago. He works for the 
General Ser\'ices Administration. 

Tracey Prince '89BS/H&S is the 
human resources director for Southeastern 
Universit)' in Washington, DC. She lives 
with her son, Jordan in Fort Washington, 
MD. 

Valerie (Stephens) Robinson '84BS/B 
started a law firm. Walker Robinson, PC 
witii Ephfrom Wallser III '86MBA in 
.August, 1998, in Richmond. She has a 
husband, Walter and a daughter, Jennifer. 



)ohn Rodiat '88MS/H&S it the 
Conewago Township tupervivjr. He i» 
chief of polio: of the Btjrough of 
Millcrsville, Uncaster Ojunly. He worked 
as an offia-r for over 22 year* and li police 
chief for over 1 2 year*. He and his wife, 
I.aurie live in the Uoxlate village of PA 
with their six children. 

Susan RoKhke '89MURP U the firit 
fiill-timc planning director for the City rjf 
NorwcKxl, Ohio, 

'Michael Rozario '88BS/B and his 
wife, Sylvia celebrated the birth of their 
first child, Ethan Dipro on July 9, 1 999. 
Ethan means "strong" and Dipro means 
"bright" in Bengali culture. .Michael is a 
senior programmer and analyst for the 
Virginia Department of Social Services in 
Richmond. 

♦Gus Siokis '88BS/B is vice president 
of business development and investor rela- 
tions for VacationLink.com. He lives in 
Marietta, GA. 

Dwayne Smith '85BS/MC is a 
research analyst at Policy Studies 
Associates in Washington, DC. 

♦Ronald Smith 'SSMf A/H&S has 
published ne^v poetry in Georgia Review. 

Joseph Solari '88MBA is an invest- 
ment banker for EVTREN securities in 
Chicago specializing in healthcare. 

Mark Spangler '86BFA is a licensed 
Virginia architect He has designed s«\'eral 
homes in the area including one called 
"Dover Hall" in Goochland Coimty, VA 
that will be featured in several national 
magazines. It opened in April 2000 with a 
gala fundraiser for the Richmond 
Sj-mphony. He married A. Maresa (Hrth) 
Spangler '86BS/MC in September, 1988. 
She is senior manager in charge of insur- 
ance operations at Capital One. They have 
two children, Madelaine and Cormor. 

Raymond Spicer '82MSW is the 
direaor of the Housing and Human 
Semces Division in the Communit)' 
Senices Department for Falls Church, VA. 
He was the Chief of the Crisis .•\ssistance 
Bureau in .Arlington County. Ra\Tnond is 
certified through the Academv of Certified 



A. Troy Thomat ' 
dent and (rwna of If .- 
Atlanu, GA, wtiere he 
operate* production r 
Qncinnali, OH. Recc- 
The Dijcovety Chan;. 
Wanted, ABC .*»ewv and '.i i ■ * A't^jc 
Are Thev S'^w* 

I.V. 
amcy 

csute^:'' 'PcrienccWaie)ri(a 

licerued real lauu Uiika. 

Sonja fTiDOope) Van '87Bf A it die 
reigning Mn. Georgia 1999-2000. She wit 
the first runner-up, but ended up compet- 
ing in the Mrt. America Pagant in Hjtoi 
when the winner could not ftilGB her 
duties. She it a volunteer at her local 
schools teaching an desiga Sonp trotks 
with abused and neglected dddrcn and 
hdps young people with terminal ftxHO 
achieve their withes. She has a hutband. 
John and three childrea 

Christine Oeckner Wax WMSW 
married Robert Wax on June 23. 1990. 
They have two chiUren, Jake and Noah. 
Christine is now the stay at home panM 
after se%'eial executive posiliont in the 
Northern Nlrginia and .Maryland areas. 
The>' lr»e in Falls Church, \'.A. 

Iracey Wdbom '89BM is an 
operatic and oratorio tenor. He singt the 
title role in Rameau's "PfaKe" with the 
Opera de Paris. He has sung at the 
Hollywood Bov»i the Teatio Comumie m 
Bologna, and with the BBC Svii ip hon y . 

Suzanne \\'heatIey'89BS/H&S 
'93MSW is youth desdopmem director 
for ,^teniati\es, Inc in Hampton. VA. 

Dou^ ^\1llianlsoa '86BFA married 
Jane ( Mehin on February 6, 1 999. He 
works for Retail Planning Design Group 
for BeDc Stores. The\' li^e in Charkme, NC 

Randall \Sliliains '89MFA/H&S 
spent three years in Meiida, .Meiica He 
is now back in Rkfamond and teartimg 
at\'CL". 



Beginning at Home. Shortly after earrting her masters 
in urban planning. Carter Donnan McDoweB 
'85MURP/H&S read a newspaper story- about the 
abi4se ami death of a one-year-old who lived wth three 
other children in a severely overcrowded, cockroach- 
infested house. 

Both galvanized by the story. Carter and Richmond 
activist Mary Tyler McClenahan founded the 
Richmond Better Housing Coalition, dedicated to pro- 
viding high quality, attractive, and affordable housing 
for working low-income families, the elderly, and others 
in need throughout the metropolitan area. 

"Carter has made a profound difference,'' says 
department chair Gary fohnson. A drive doH-n Cary 
Street or through Church Hill shoHS her ample legacy. During the last tr: ■■:.:'.■ 
the Coalition has built or renovated se\-eral huruired homes, helped organize »': 
staff neighborhood cixic organizations, and lobbied for increased funding for 
neighborhood re\italization efforts. 

"Graduates of the Urban and Regional Planning Program tend tc re t.ct:- 
vated, not by money or power, but by the desire to make a positiw ditteraice :n 
the world," Johnson comments. In 1999. Carter receiveti the College of 
Humanities and Sciences Distinguished .Mumna .\H-ard in rea>gnition of her 
many contributions to the greater Richmond community. 




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SUMMER 



Cif EMM Fi Cmi 

» Robert Grey Jr. '73BS/B 





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Robert Grey, a vice president with the business law firm of LeClair Ryan in 
Richmond for the past five years, made history in 1998 when he was elected chair 
of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, on the track to run for 
president-elert in two years. Grey is the highest- ranking Afiican American ever 
within the world's largest professional organization. 

As Chair of the House, Grey must remain neutral on the issues, which could 
be the subject of debate. As an officer of the Association, Grey is often asked to 
frame the issues. For example, multidisciplinary practices that provide various 
business and legal experts under one roof may be a good idea. But "when the 
accountants say, 'We'll choose the clients,' it raises ethical issues regarding the 
independence of lawyers, conflicts of interest, and client confidentiality," he says. 
Grey is clear on campaign financing-"ethically, lawyers and firms should not make 
campaign contributions in exchange for work." E-commerce and the globalization of the consumer mean that "to serve 
clients, we'll need an understanding of business regulations and traditions in different countries and parts of the world." 

Grey also chaired the Virginia State Bar Commission on Women and Minorities in the Profession and the Legal Ethics 
Committee. Principles of law that are most important to him are "access, fairness, predictabQity. The system doesn't work 
unless everybody has access to it. The ABA is a strong advocate for fully funding the Legal Services Corporation so that 
people of modest means will have the same treatment under the law as others. As for fairness, when the death penalty is 
unequally enforced, it damages society's underlying respect for the rule of law." 

Perhaps Grey is sitting in the ABA Chair because he strongly believes in building cooperation to build a better society. 
"We can't complain about things unless we get involved," he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. And he means everyone. 
"Meeting the needs of the community today requires the breadth and depth of our human resources." 

An early awareness of the value of working in community came at VCU, when his classes moved into the new School 
of Business building. "Running around to different classes all over Franklin Street was disjointed. I felt a real sense of isola- 
tion," he remembers. "In the new building, 1 was part of a commimity of people working toward the same goals. It was 
complete and whole. It really changed your mindset in terms of what you could learn and how you could learn." 

As chair of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, 1996-97, and now chair of the Greater Richmond 
Partnership Inc., Grey has been coordinating effective coalitions of business and educational instimtions to bring jobs and 
training to the area. He was instrumental in building a community coalition that won a Robert Wood Johnson Foimdation 
grant for at the health and safety of children in Greater Richmond. The initiative is called Youdi Matters. One of its first 
projects is a collaborative effort between the public schools, VCU, business community and Youth Matters to work for 
every child being able to read by third grade. "We can't afford to neglect any of our youth," Grey says. "Oiu- children 
should have the highest level of educational opportunities in an environment that will make young people feel safe and 
maximize their potential," he emphasizes. 

VCU's role in downtown development, and President Trani's leadership have been crucial to Richmond, Grey contin- 
ues. "The business community should be a partner with VCU to achieve academic innovation and excellence." Because of 
VCU's "dynamic presence on Broad Street and with the new School of Engineering, economic development professionals 
can market Richmond very competitively," he explains. 

"It's also created a more enthusiastic response from surrounding localities. It seems to be falling together now. The 
attractiveness of the VCU development is changing die landscape for the whole area." 

This is only one of the reasons "I am absolutely proud to be a VCU alum. The reputation of VCU is one of the fastest 
growing in die country. The advice and counsel I received from the faculty and administration have been invaluable over 
the years." 

And he's made good use of it. "Things will not change imless you're an agent for change," he says simply. 

— Mary Ellen Mercer 

ilGOT 
MIR NUMBERS 

Alumni recruit top high school seniors 
for VCU at Phonathon 2000. Often 
they have the pleasure of announcing 
scholarship awards to excited 
students and their families, among 
those calling this year were 
Connie McHale '86BS/H&S/CPA, 
Emily Hughes '66BS/E '72MEd, 
Marsha Shuler'74BS'79MA/B, 
Charles "Chip " Greene '98BS/B 
and Bill Ginther'69BS'74MS/B. 




Norman Winegar '83MSW is associ- 
ate vice president for clinical services 
at Magellan Behavioral Health in 
Chattanooga, TN, where he lives. 

Elaine Wolfe '81BFA is a marketing 
writer and editor for Peoplesoft, a software 
company in Pleasanton, CA. She works 
from home on her ranch in the Sierra 
foothills of CA. She lives with her husband, 
Denis. They have two sons, Gregory 
and Geoffrey. 

1 990s 

Maria (Meyerhoeffer) Aste 
'98BS/H8(S married George Aste IV 
on September 19, 1998. They live in 
Northern Virginia. 

Lisa (Shouse) Atkinson '98BS/MC 
married lonathan Atkinson in May 1999. 
She works for the Bank of Essex. 

Uonel Bacon '90BGS '94MIS/NTS 
is the senior program director at the 
Southside Virginia Family YMCA in 
Petersburg, VA. He received the Luther 
Gulick Mind, Body, and Spirit Award, the 
Vs highest honor. He has worked for the Y 
for four years. He says, "The children are 
the reason I come to work every day." 

Dana (Smidi) BagnaU '90MFA/H&S 
had her first book of poems. Women 
Clothed with the Sun accepted by LSU 
Press. Her poem, The Nature of Change 
was in die September, 1999 issue ofStand. 
Dana and her husband live in an old 
Victorian house on the edge of a graveyard 
in Exeter, England. 

Charles Bartlett '93BFA teaches 
jewelry and drawing at Towson State 
University. He received Best of Show at 
Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, 
PA. He earned an MFA in metalsmithing 
from Syracuse University. 

Patricia Beachley '96MFA is an 
adjunct faculty member for the VCU 
School of the Arts, teaching in Art 
Foundation and Sculpture where she's die 
foundry specialist. She has shown her 
artwork in group and solo exhibitions 
since 1992. She is working on a PhD in 
art history. 

Chris Becker '91 BS/H&S is a network 
administrator at Deutsche Bank in 
Baltimore, MD. He lives with his wife, 
Whitney in Columbia, MD. 

*Eric Bell '95MHA and his wife, 
Kimberly, celebrated die birth of their first 
child, Garrett Scott Bell on June 21, 1999 
in Savannah, GA. He is the administrator 
of specialty care at Memorial Healdi. 

W.T. Benson '97MIS is town attomey 
for Front Royal, VA. He lives in 
Sperryville, VA. 

Jakob Berger '98MFA is a teacher at 
the Conservator)' of Theatre Arts at 
Webster University. He has acted with 
Shakespeare & Company and Lamb's 
Player's Theatre and has taught at 
StageWest and San Diego Junior Theater. 
He directed die New Jersey Shakespeare 
Festival summer program. 

David Berron '95BS/B married 
Jennifer Darragh on May 8, 1999. He is 
pursuing a second degree at VCU. They 
live in Richmond. 



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Dcbra (Shorter) Bcrryman '92MSW 

liiis hfcn a scitial worker al ( Irccnsvillc 
Memorial I l(is|iital in Smilh I lill, VA liir 
seven years. She wa.s limplciyee (il the 
Monlh for April 1 999. She is a member of 
the I lospite Support ( iroup of .Southside 
Virginia, Inc. and the Alzheimer's 
A.s.sociation. She lives with her hu.shand, 
Hart and son, Jacob in South I lill. 

Kevin Best '91MS/MC is an account 
supervisor at Tisner ik A.s,sociatc.s in 
Haltiniore, MI). He worked for the Martin 
Agency in Kichniond. 

Sheri Blanks '93BS/B is a DI at 96.5 
The Planet and a rock bassist in 
Richmond. She plays with Medicine Stick 
in New York and is trying to get signed. 
She was runner-up to play bass for loan 
Osborne at the lilith hair festival. 

*luli Blanton '91 BS/B operates her 
own business. International Visions, Inc. 
that specializes in international joint 
ventures, import/export, marketing and 
public relations doing most of her work 
in Eastern Europe especially Poland. She 
received her MBA from the University of 
Baltimore in 1999. 

Pamela Bodldn '91BGS is a columnist 
and contributing writer for Restaurant 
Digest, a hospitality trade magazine 
covering Maryland, Virginia and DC. 
Pamela is also a management analyst for 
the Virginia Employment Commission 
in Richmond. 

Jon Bolyard '94BS/H8(S married 
Rachel Taylor on April 24, 1999. He is a 
probation and parole officer. They live in 
Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mary Boyes '98MFA/H&S is a teacher 
at Ramapo College of New Jersey, a small 
public liberal arts school. She lives in 
lersey City. 

Alicia Briceland and Richard 
Gillyard both 'BM mamed in Richmond, 
on April 30. They hold masters' in vocal 
performance from the New England 
Conservatory of Music in Boston, Alicia 
'96, Richard '99. They are opera singers 
who live in New Jersey, just outside of 
NYC. Alicia is a certified teacher of the 
Alexander Technique, body training 
especially useful to performers. 

»Alex Bridges '96BA/H&S '99BS/MC 
after working part-time for the Rtchnwnd 
Times-Dispatch, is a staft reporter for the 
Netvs loumal in Amelia, VA. He is a poet 
and guitarist. 

■^Mark Brodie '94BA '94BA/H8cS 
teaches English and American studies at 
Bowling Green State University in Bowling 
Green, Ohio. He has received his master's 
in American studies and English, and is 
studying at Bowling Green for a doctorate 
in that field. 

Angela (DeRusha) Broussard '97BA 
married Jason Broussard '97BS/B on 
November 6, 1999. Angela is a marketing 
and advertising specialist for Rhodes 
Furniture, lason is a project manager for 
Lloyd Associates. 

Carolyn (Fuss) Browder '95MS/H&S 
married Richard Browder '95MS/H&S on 
April 17, 1999. Carolyn works for Earth 
Tech, Inc. and Richard works tor the 
Virginia Department of Emnronmental 
Quality. They live in Richmond. 



Andrea (Dickion) Brown '97M'I 
married (^hri.'ilophcr Brown '91 B.S/li on 

August 14, 1999. Andrea wcjrks for J. I(. 
Tucker I ligli School, and (;hris is 'I uckcr's 
varsity basketbiill co.ich. 

M.ynn Brown '97BA/H&S is senior 
secretary o( the Communication and 
Theatre Arts Department at Old 
Dominion University. She is developing a 
successful business. 

Roger Brown '93BS/II8<S trurned 
Beth (Marshall) Brown '9IBS/AH '97MD 
on May 1 , 1999. Roger is a certified trans- 
plant coordinator and supervisor of the 
Organ Center at the United Network for 
Organ Sharing, and Beth is a resident in 
pediatrics at M(^V. They live in Richmond. 

P. Catherine (Pruden) Burkett 
'96MT married Benjamin Burkett 
'95BS/B on lune 19, 1999. She teaches 
eighth-grade social studies in Henrico 
County and he is the Richmond area fran- 
chisee for Freshens Premium Yogurt and 
Ice Cream. They live in Richmond. 

Elizabeth Bumham ' teaches for the 
art department at Barton College in 
Wilson, NC, where she was visiting assis- 
tant professor of photography. She taught 
at VCU for five years. 

Chad Cameron '94BFA has illustrated 
his second children's book, A Day in the 
Park mth Aunt Charlotte, by Laurie 
Weisman, president of the Children's 
Television Workshop, published in 
January by Rigby. His illustrations also 
appear in the January and April issues of 
CricAt'l magazine for ages 10-14, 

Sloan (Neal) Canaday '98MBA 
married Brian Canaday in December 1999. 
She is a financial analyst for CIGNA 
Healthcare. 

Angel (Courtney) Carroll '96BS/H&S 
'99MSW married Robert Carroll Jr. in 
lune 1999. 

EUzabeth (IJyson) Carter '95MEd 
married Scott Carter on July 10, 1999. She 
is an early childhood special education 
teacher for New Kent County Schools, 

John Chapin '96MFA/H&S is liiing 
in Sri Lanka with his wife, Bambi while she 
does her dissertation research. His work 
was published in February in Lpix Eye. 

James Clague '94BS/B is the southern 
region controller for United Dominion 
Realty in Richmond. 

Lynn (Sher) Cohen '94MSW married 
Hugh Cohen on lanuan' 16, 1999. They 
live in Virginia Beach. 

David Cole '98BA/H&S manned 
Arlarsandrae (Traynham) on |uly 17, 
1999. 

Kristie (Robertson) Cohin 
'96BS/H&S married leremy CoKin on 
January 9, 1999. She is a territory manager 
for Kos Pharmaceuticals. They live in 
Waynesboro, VA. 

Amy Consiglio '99MFA/H8iS won 
third place in Richmond Magazine's 4th 
Annual Short Story and Poetn' Contest for 
her story The Transformation of Peimy 
Tlumnan. Her stor\' appeared in the 
August 1999 issue of the magazine. 

Patrida (Woods) Cooke '94BS/^iC 
married leflrey Cooke on March 6, 1999. 
She is an art and media director for Ginn 



Advcrtiting in Richmond. They live in 
Henna). 

Gregory Owper '99MSW a the 
program axirdinalor of the Ronald 
McNair Program at luist I eiint-iscc Stalt 
University in the James 1 1. QuiUen (./>llcgc 
of Medicine. He lives in Johnwn City, 
Tcnnc*ssce, 

Heather (Clarke^ (xipeland '97BA/A 
married Douglas (xpeland on June 19, 
1999. She is an operations coordinator for 
■Mcwport Nc-ws Shipbuilding. They live in 
Yorktown, VA. 

•Meredith (Boyko) Covert '99BS/E 
married (Christopher Overt on June 5, 
1999. 

♦Charles Craven Jr. '92BS/H&S 
'95MBA is vice president of Sydnor 
Hydro, Inc. in Richmond. He is also 
responsible for the operation and prof- 
itability of the Mechanical Construction 
and Service Divisions. 

Deanna (Walton) Cronin '98MT 
married Edward Oonin on June 26, 1999. 
She is a teacher for Hanover County. They 
live in Montpelier, VA, 

Dana Cnmi '96MFA/H8cS is an 
English teacher at Horace Mann, an 
independent school in New York City. 
He had an excerpt ft'om his novel pub- 
lished in T?ie Source, a national music 
magazine, in April, 1999. Dana's work has 
appeared in this magazine several times 
and may appear again in the near future. 

Cindy Cuimingham '92MFA/ H8cS 
is a visiting lecturer at Georgia State 
University in Adanta. She earned her PhD 
in English LiteraUire emphasizing 
American Literature in August, 1999. Her 
dissertation was on ghost stories in the 
realism and naturalism period 

Katherine (Williams) Outright 
'97BS/B married limmy Cutright, |r. on 
April 10, 1999. She works for Lanna, 
DuiJap, and Spriggs, P.C. 

Bethany (Lafon) Dancey '99BS/MC 
married Elias Dancey '99BFA on June 25, 
1999. The>' live in Richmond. 

*Kelley Daspit '91 BS/MC is Crown 
American marketing and public relations 
direaor for Patrick Henr)' Mall in 
Newport News, V.\. She was recently 
acCTedited in public relations by the Public 
Relations Societ)' of America Universal 
Accreditation Board. 

R. Bryan David '90MURP is the 
Brunswick Count\- administrator ha\ing 
worked for the county since 1997. He was 
director of planning and zoning in Isle of 
Wight Count)' in V.-\. He is a member of 
several professional affiliations including 
the .American Institute of Certified 
Planners. He lives with his wile, Jamie and 
three children, .\ime, Mar>- Paige, and 
Lane in LawTence\ille, \'.\. 

Brian Davis '92BS/H&S is senior 
strategic planner in the Worktbrce 
Investment .\fl Unit of the N'irjjnia 
Emplo\-ment Commission in Richmond. 
He was deput\' zoning administrator for 
Caroline Coimty, \'.\. 

H. Al Davis '95MSW is program 
manager for .\dult Outpatient Clinical 
Ser\ices at Rtxkbridge .\rea Communitii' 
Senices (R.\CS) in Lexington, \'.\. He has 



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'CJhaHcne (Gamin) Mb RaOa 
'9IBFA mamcd ). Raphael DdURalU on 
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Olympm Croup, Inc. in Alcondria, VA. 
They live in GlcnvKWjd, .MD. 

San (Goad) Dicker 'WMEd mairicd 
Thomas Dickey on Augufi 8, 1998. She 
works for Henrico County SchoolL They 
Ihfe in Richmond. 

Gail (Lewis) Douthat '98MT manied 
FieUing Douthat on June 5. 1999. She 
teaches computer skills al an Epticopal 
boys school and to Knior dtizem at die 
Unii'crsity of Richmond. 

Roland Dtmdy m '93BM and his 
wife. Dawn (Hill) Dowdy WBM are 
featured on AUR's CD release America's 
Millennium Tribute to Adotphe Sax. Vol 
11, a recording of concert saxophonist. It 
includes the worU premiere recording of 
VCU Professor Emeritus Allan Blank's 
Two Pieces for Alto Saxophone and Piana 
Roland is assistant to the associaie dean Cor 
administration at Northwestern Univcisty 
School of .Music in Evanston, IL The 
couple Iries in Wiruietka. [L 

Kimberiey Duncan '%MS/H&S b a 
forensic DN'.\ anal>-5t at Ceilmark 
Diagnostics in Germantown, .MarvHand. 

•Susan Eads '90BSW ■99MS(Ra/AH 
is a professional social worker at the 
Mi^inia Home in Richmond. 

Danidle Elliott '98M£d is an elemen- 
tary' guidance counselor at Rappahannock 
Elementari' School in Mkldlesei Counts-. 
V.A. 

Rosehm EDiott '95MF.AyH&S is eOuy 
rial director tor September Dins, a mvd 
magazine for the Da>3 Inn dub membo- 
ship. She is also a member of the a(Suna 
faculty in the VCU En^ish department. 
Rosdyn just finished a poetr>- manusaipt, 
SleepHvUcmg Sudc and a nonfiction man- 
uscript of 21 narrati\-es. The Way Back, 
which are both ats'aiting publisfaas. Her 
poeQT.' wiE appear in Sfeifhors. She also 
freelances for the Bergman Group, an 
ad\'ertising and publk rslatioQS agency in 
Richmond. She li\'es with her hicband. Les 
Bares in Kents Store. V.\. 

Da\Td Ellis '97MF.VHSeS w:as a semi- 
finalist tor the NaJioarDisco^aT Prize in 
poetn . He li\es in Roanoke, V.V 

Susan (Scfaiader) Ebwl'96BS/H&S 
'%MT married loseph ElKid Ir. in luh' 
1999. She teaches in Henrico County 
t^iblic Schools. 

Stephanie (Rdtz^ Engd '96BS/B 
married .Anthony Engd ■97BS/B on May 
15. 1999. ShewvuicsaiPrimeCoandhe 
Mxirks for KSB, Inc. ofRkfamood. They 
li\'e in Gum Spring, V.\. 

.\my Johnson^ Ettfa^er '99Na"RP 
married Matthew Ettinger ^.MSH&S on 
.\Iav 22. 1999. ,\mv w\irfa tor the Virginia 



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Department of Emergency Services. 
Matthew is an adjunct professor at VCU. 
They live in Richmond. 

Vara (Bouldin) Evans '92BFA 
married lames Evans on September 5, 

1998. She is a graphic artist for the Bell 
Atlantic Yellow Pages in Richmond, where 
they live. 

*Amy (Blaha) Everett '99BS/B 
married Christopher Everett in January 
2000. She works for the Bank of Southside 
Virginia. 

Victoria (Harper) Fajna'91BA/H&S 
'95MSW married John Fajna in August 
1999. 

Ayiene Fallah-Zenouz '98BFA is an 
artist that uses mixed-media sculpture to 
show themes of war, death, and the female 
experience in Iran and many Middle 
Eastern nations. Her family fled Iran to 
Turkey and later America in 1984. Her 
work has been described as "a wonderful 
marriage of material and content." Her 
works have been displayed in several gal- 
leries including A. Salon's Wilson Center 
Gallery and The National Press Club in 
Washington, DC. 

♦Rebecca (Rawiings) Falls '99MT 
married Byron Falls on August 7, 1999. 

*Cameo (Fox) Faulkner '99MSW 
married Carlton Faulkner on June 12, 

1999. They live in Suitland, MD. 
Mary (Hayden) Feldmeth '94BS/E 

married Robert Feldmeth in July, 1999. 
She is a corporate sales manager for the 
Omni Netheriand Plaza in Cincinnati. 

Allison (Benner) Felton '98MAE 
married leftrey Felton in May, 1999. She 
teaches art in Richmond. 

Tamara (Hardman) Ferreira '94BFA 
married Eric Ferreira in August 1999. She 
is an elementary art teacher and a staff 
member of the Fine Arts Administration 
Office for Fairfax Public Schools. 

Angela (Ervin) Flowers '93BS/B is the 
coordinator of the pension information 
and counseling project for the Crater 
Distinct Area Agency on Aging in 
Petersburg, VA. The project educates older 
Americans on their pension rights and 
helps them resolve pension issues. She is 
married to Hellion Flowers Jr. '93BS/B. 

Jeftey Fogg '9 1 BS/B married 
Margaret (Spiggle) Fogg on February 13, 
1999. He works for Hecht's department 
store at Fair Oaks. They live in Alexandria, 
VA. 

Thomas Foley '93MPA is county 
executive for community development 
and public safety for Albemarle County. 
He was county administrator for Caroline 
County and Cumberland County, and has 
worked as a staff associate with the 
Virginia Association of Counties. 

Susan (Harrell) Ford '98BFA married 
Michael Ford on June 12, 1999. She works 
for Bumey Design in Raleigh, NC where 
they live. 

Clarence Forman Jr. '90BS/H8cS is 
Assistant Counsel with the Disabled 
Persons Protection Commission in 
Massachusetts. He graduated from New 
England School of Law in 1997. Clarence 
lives with his wife, Lora and son in 
Marlborough, MA. 



•Thomas Foster '94MBA married 
Stacy (Taylor) Foster on March 13, 1999. 
He is a budget manager for Ovemite 
Transportation Co. They live in 
Richmond. 

Lisa Freedlander '95BS/MC is 
pursuing a master's in public health degree 
at the University of South Carolina. 

Thomas Fulcher, )r. '93BGS/NTS 
married Augusta Allaun on June 19, 1999. 
He works at Micor Sprinklers and 
Landscaping. The couple lives in Virginia 
Beach. 

•Freddie Fuller II '93BS/H&S has 
been die director of plaiming for the 
Greater Richmond Transit Company 
(GRTC) for one year. His wife, •Alitasha 
Courtney-Fuller '96BS/B is the campaign 
director of the statewide Team in Training 
Program for the Leukemia Society of 
America. They live in Glen Allen, VA. 

Corey Fyke '98MA/H8(S married 
Jennifer Crowley in Stonington, CT. He is 
a promotions coordinator for Ulbrich 
Stainless Steels and Special Metals, Inc. 
They live in Wallingford, CT. 

Christine Garland '93MSW is the 
director of case management services for 
J ABA. She is a member of die National 
Association of Social Workers. She was 
admission and new services coordinator 
for Hope House in Norfolk, VA. She and 
her husband. Brent live in Scottsville, VA. 

Pam Garvey '97MFA/H&S wiU have 
poems in The Sonora Review and Yemassee. 
She and her husband, John live in St. 
Louis. 

Mary Gawne '93BS/MC is a cancer 
survivor and volunteer for the Leukemia 
Society's First Connection program. She is 
an account manager at Fine Arts 
Engraving Co. 

Robert Goddard III '95MFA is a clas- 
sically trained actor. He was in St. Bart 
Players' revival of Moss Hart's Light Up 
The Sky in Manhattan. He has performed 
in Virginia Shakespeare Festival in several 
roles. He and his wife, Mattia have a son, 
Robert Goddard IV. 

Kim Golden '95MFA/H&S married 
Tord Malmgren on May 12, 1999 at 
Stockholm's Raadhuset 

Mary (Brown) Graham '97BS/H8(S 
married Bradley Graham on April 3, 1999. 
She is pursuing a master's degree in special 
education at Old Dominion University 
and works for Henry County Public 
Schools. They live in Martinsville, VA. 

♦Judy Granger '98BGS is married to 
•Richard Granger 79BS '83MS/H8(S. 
They have three children, Jeffrey, George 
and Joseph and live in Glen Allen, VA. 
ludy completed her degree while working 
full-time and maintaining her wife and 
mother position. 

Amy (Planz) Gray '98BFA married 
Mark Gray in October 1999. She is self- 
employed. 

Jennifer (White) Gray'97MEd 
married Jonathan Gray '99BS/MC on 
December 1 8, 1999. She works for 
Carolina County Public Schools. 

David Gross '90MHA is an adminis- 
trator at Wilmington Surgcare in 
Wihnington, NC with Symbion 



Ambulatory Resource Centers, Inc. of 
Nash\Tlle, TN. 

•Muriel Guattery '99MFA is acting 
and working at Theatre IV in Richmond 
imder the name Jeanie Rule. 

Denise (Francis) Gunderson 
'98BS/MC married Jeremy Gunderson on 
March 20, 1999. She works for Enterprise, 
Incorporated. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

Eric Hackett '99BS/H&S married 
Bridgett (Cameal) Hackett on June 19, 
1999. 

Sandra (Andrews) HaU '92BA/ 
H&S married John Hall III in September 
1999. She is a paralegal at Wright, 
Robinson, Osthimer & Tatimi and active 
in the Junior League of Richmond. 

Lynn Hamilton '91 BS/H8(S married 
Cyntiria ()udd) Hamilton on June 19, 
1999. He works for Page County Public 
Schools and is pursuing a master's degree 
in special education from Old Dominion 
University. 

Jay Hamlett Jr. '98BFA has a stiadio 
in Victoria, VA, and was in a show in 
Charlottesville in April 1999. His portraits 
of pets, people, and homes are in colored 
pencil, pen-and-ink, acrylic, and oil paints. 
He says, "I strive for realism in my work 
diat makes my subject come alive." 

Alainya Hare '93BS/H&S is a staff 
podiatrist at Watauga Podiatry in 
Tennessee. She received her doctor of 
podiatric medicine in 1997 from the Ohio 
College of Podiatric Medicine. 

Mary (Winder) Harrell '98MEd 
married Christopher Harrell in December 
1999. 

•Jason Hart '9488 '97MS '99PhD/ 
H8cS is an assistant professor of psycholo- 
gy at Stephen F. Austin State University. 

Lara (Brady) Haynie '91BFA is tiie 
owner and art director for Chesapeake 
Angler Magazine in Burgess, VA. 

Kristen (Verderosa) Hess '98MT is a 
special education history teacher at Lee- 
Davis High School in Mechanicsville, VA. 
She married David Hess on June 6, 1998. 
They live in Charles City County, VA. 

•Kirsten Flirsch '93BFA is tiie assis- 
tant director of commuter and informa- 
tion services for the University Student 
Commons at VCU. 

Stephanie (Creedle) Hobbs '97C/B 
married Alfred Hobbs on Oaober 16, 
1999. She is an MIS analyst with Capital 
One. 

Damley Hodge Jr. '98BS/MC a.k.a. 
Mello D, and his band, The Rados released 
Backsliding on the label Thermite Records. 
He was introduced at a live listening party 
by Fingerprint Productions. 

Shannon (Smith) Horan '96BS/B 
married Brendan Horan on September 26, 
1998. They live in Richmond. 

Jarl Jackson '94BGS/NTS is a historic 
analyst in the Master Site File for the 
Florida Division of Historical Resources. 

Nancy (Richardson) Jadatz '96BFA 
married Stephen Jadatz on June 5, 1999. 
She teaches art in Middlesex County 
School System. They live in King and 
Queen County, VA. 



Melissa lames '99MSW works for the 
Tucker Psychiatric Pavilion of Chippen- 
ham Medical Center in Richmond. 

Bill Jenkins '90MFA wrote Wliat to do 
When the Police leave: A Guide to the First 
Days of Traumatic Loss, released in its 
Second Edition in October, 1999. He is 
currently a speech and drama professor at 
Virginia Union University in Richmond. 

•Charlotte (Lawson) Jenson '94MT 
received her CPP, Certified Payroll 
Professional license in 1997 and is working 
on her CEBS, Certified Employee Benefit 
Specialist designation through indepen- 
dent study from the University of 
Permsylvania. She is a payroll and HR 
administrator for Automatic Equipment 
Sales of Virginia, Inc. in Richmond. 
Charlotte lives with her husband, Dennis 
in Glen Allen. 

Terry Johns '98BS/H8cS is assistant 
administrator to the dean of academic 
affairs at St. Andrews College in 
Laurinburg, NC. 

Ryan Johnson '98BA/H&S married 
Margaret (Tucker) Johnson on October 3, 
1 998. He works for Capital One, and they 
live in Richmond. 

Rendell Jones '94BS/B received one of 
the annual Justice Management Division 
(JMD), US Department of Justice Special 
Commendation Awards for his work on 
the Government Performance and Results 
Act (GPRA). It was presented by Attorney 
General Janet Reno and Assistant Attorney 
General for Administt-ation Stephen 
Colgate. Rendell is a budget analyst for the 
US Department of Justice and lives in 
Silver Spring, MD. 

Kwadwo Agymah Kamau '92MFA/ 
H8cS had his second novel. Pictures of a 
Dying Man, released in September, 1999 
by Coffee House Press. He received good 
advance reviews in Publisher's Weekly, 
Library Journal and Booklist. 

•Deborah Kirk'91BS/B is die director 
of marketing for Joyce Engineering, Inc. 
She and her husband, S. Mark Flippo live 
in Salem, VA. 

Nicola Kohler '98MS/H8cS is a 
forensic science trainee specializing in 
trace evidence at the Virginia Division 
of Forensic Science headquarters lab. 

Rosalyn Koontz '94MBA married 
David Hurd on May 6, 1999. They live in 
Winston-Salem, NC. 

Karin (Schlange) Kraft '93BFA 
married Richard Kraft Jr. on December 12, 
1998. They live in Annapolis, MD. 

Steve Krause '90MFA/H8cS is an 
assistant professor at Eastern Michigan 
University. He teaches imdergraduate and 
graduate composition and rhetoric special- 
izing in computers and writing. 

Sara Kukorlo '98BS/MC is public 
affairs coordinator for the American 
Statistical Association in Alexandria, VA. 
She was an internal communications 
specialist for the American Diabetes 
Association. 

R. Clarke land '92BS/B is a Commer- 
cial Real Estate Sales Agent with Porter 
Realty Inc. in Ashland, VA. He was a 
business development executive with 
GE Capital. 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



34 





,\'l'Bl\llim 

Nancy Hverelt '78IiS/B 



BY SHARON BALDACCI '79BS/MC 



Stephen Landi '93BS/B married 
Christine (Michelini) Landi on October 
10, 1998. He is district manager for Coyne 
Textile Services in Colonial Heights. They 
live in Richmond. 

Julie (Son) Linker '97MS '99PhD/ 
H&S works at the Virginia Treatment 
Center for Children at MCV Hospitals of 
VCU. She is establishing a private practice. 

Denise (Turak) Lockman '92BFA has 
been an interior designer tor Sergenians 
Floor Coverings in Madison, Wl for 
six years. 

Nathan Long '99MFA/H&S is an 
assistant professor of English and Creative 
Writing at Virginia Union University. 
He was the first recipient of the Truman 
Capote Literary Trust Scholarship. 

Christine (Prestage) Longfield 
'96BS/B is a CPA working as a senior 
consultant with Deloitte and Touche LLP 
in the Dispute Consulting Group. She 
lives with her husband, Eric in 
Washington, DC. 

David Maloney '90MURP is deputy 
director of planning in Hanover, VA. He 
was director of planning/assistant county 
administrator for New Kent County. He is 
a member of the American Planning 
Association and a Certified Virginia 
Erosion and Sediment Control Program 
Administrator. He lives in Hanover 
County with his wife, Lynn and two 
children, Daniel and Erin. 

Suzanne (Wisniewski) Markel '98MT 
married Jeff Markel '97BS/MC on luly 10, 
1999. Suzanne teaches at John M. Candy 
Elementary School. Jeff works for the 
Cintas Corporation. 

Richard Matthews '95BGS/NTS is a 
lieutenant in the US Naxy. He lives in 
California. 

Michelle (Necessary) McLeod '99MT 
married Kevin McLeod in August, 1999. 

Jo Anne (Paruszldewicz) McClung 
'94BS/H&S married lohn McClung on 
September 19, 1998. He works for VCU. 
They live in Richmond. 



To a layman's eyes, anyone tapped to 
be the chief inve.slriieni officer of a 
huge pension fund worth billions 
surely mu.st have a crystal ball in 
her pocket. 

Not so, .says Nancy Hverett. She 
was named to this position at the 
Virginia Retirement System in 
December, 1998, after 20 years of 
steadily climbing to the lop. She 
explains the beauty of her job and 
why dips in the market don't .send her 
into a panic. 

"Current economic conditions 
will always have an impact on my job, 
but probably not in the manner you 
imagine. Our focus is very long- 
term — 30 years — and this allows us to 
ride out any short-term volatility in 
the markets. We do not necessarily 
need to react to short-term market 
trends." 

Everett is the one in charge of 
managing and growing the $49 billion 
fund generating pensions for 95,000 
state and local government employ- 
ees. It's a task she takes seriously. "I 
absolutely feel that moral responsibili- 
ty and I am proud to consider myself 
a public servant, not only helping out 
the retirees, but also in the long nin, 
the ta.xpayers of the Commonwealth." 
Because of this, she is compelled to 
make "only the best business deci- 
sions on their behalf It would be very 
difficult to allow other interests to 
impact those decisions." 

With a 1978 accounting degree 
from VCU, Everett thought at first 
she might go to law school. "Sbc 
months working in a law firm was all 
it took to change my mind. So then I 
really had no idea what I wanted to 
do." 

As she scanned want ads looking 
for inspiration, it struck. The Virginia 
Retirement System was looking for an 
accountant interested in learning 
computer programming. This was 
1979 and programming was just 
going mainstream, so she sent in her 
resume. 

Her interview consisted of 
"talking briefly to the CIO [the job 
she holds now] and taking a 20 
question logic test. He called me back 
the next day, and I got the job. He 
said 1 was the only one to score higher 
on the test than he did," she chuckles. 



Everett was hired when the VRS 
wa.s just coming through a "terrible 
fraud case where there was some 
serious embezzling going on." 
Because of that, internal controls were 
tightened. At that time, the invest- 
ment staff was only four people. The 
CIO was doing everything else, from 
trading the securities to settling the 
trades and accounting for the transac- 
tions. "They needed someone with an 
accounting background to write the 
systems to do accounts for the portfo- 
lios. So that's where I started." 

She readily credits VCU with 
teaching her the basics, and has fond 
memories of many of her professors. 
"The last year and half of my time 
there, I lived at the business school," 
she recalls. But she quickly realized 
that to get where she wanted to be, 
she needed more education. 

"It wasn't long before I realized 
that the guys managing the money 
were having a lot more fian and 
making a lot more money than I was. 
It was a ton more interesting than 
computer programming," she told 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She 
determined to move out of the 
systems end and into investments. 

She defined her problem as a lack 
of credibility, so she went after 
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) 
Certification, a three-year program 
run by the Association for Investment 
Management and Research in 
Charlottesville. She finished in 1987 
and soon began managing equities. 

She comments that "eventhing 
else just fell into place," but it was her 
focus and commitment to her work 
that got her to the position she ulti- 
mately wanted. "Being the CIO \V3S 
always my goal. I guess I was fairly 
fortunate to have had that dear \ision 
early on." 

WTien she took the job, the 
Times-Dbpatch reported that Everett 
was "one of a growing number of 
women supervising public pension 
swtems " in the United States. The 
largest, California's S 1 30 billion 
CALPERS fund, is headed by a 
woman. 

.Although the fimd is adminis- 
tered with an eye on long-term gains, 
Everett recalled die market crash of 
1987. "This tiind Tost" over a billion 
dollars on paper. This does not look 
^ood. Additionally, because we were 



so underweight in '/ 

tion after this happtrjc; 'j jr pun 

called for lis to buy str idu. Wdl wu 

can just imagine h' 

it took to step up a; 

when it literally fdi 

world was ending. 'i •. 

they were right in the long run. 'If 

you look at a chart of the cumuktit'e 

return of the equity market over the 

last 20 years, 1 987 is just a blip. But 

temporary conditions can make my 

job of 'staying the course' much more 

difficulL" 

It sounds like a frantic pace and 
immense pressure, but Everett doesn't 
see it that way. "TTie aver:^ day as 
CIO is more administratn'e than you 
imagine. We have a staff of 20 invest- 
ment professionals. These people run 
the actual investment programs, 
managing around 25 percent of the 
assets in house and monitoring 25 to 
30 investment managen and almost 
100 partnerships investing our assets 
all over the woricL" The division must 
also make frequent reports to the 
System's Board of Trustees. 

A great deal of time and thought 
goes into strategic evaluation of 
"where we are, and planning where 
we need to focus in the ftiture." And 
it's effective. "I alv\'ays knew that if I 
was given the opportunitv- to man^ 
the Program, it could be successful It 
was a function of watching the fiind 
evolve from a small, average govieni- 
ment pension fimd to the sophisticat- 
ed 32nd largest pension fund in the 
woricL" Now, that's ftm. 

For more fun, Everett and her 
husband, Rohm Blandford '83MBA. 
enjoy running and equestrian 
dressage, riding and himping. A 
recent week-long vracation seemed to 
prove that time is monev". On 
Monday morning, first thing, EiiTeren 
faced more than 100 e-mails. Sie 
joked ruefiiHv-. "Mav-be I shouldn't 
take vacations." .\nd plunged into her 
other fim. 

Sharon Baldacci is an award- 
winning freelance journalist who 
lives in Heaths\ille, Mrginia. Her 
\'Cl' family includes brothers 
Da\id Baldacci "83BA/H&S (a 
lawyer who writes best-selling 
thrillers ) and desigyier Rudi 
Baldacci '76Bf.4." 







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SUMMER 



Victoria (Shreves) McCormick 
'97BS/H&S married Sean McCormick on 
May 15, 1999. She is an MR training spe- 
cialist in Hanover County Community 
Services in Hanover, VA. 

Scott McPherson'96MD 
'99MFA/H8cS is doing an internship at 
Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. 

Mary (Georges) Meares '94MEd 
married Austin Meares on February 20, 
1999. She works for the Charleston 
County school system. They live in 
Charleston, SC. 

'Matthew Mendez '99MHA is site 
administrator at Pender Memorial 
Hospital in Burgaw, NC. He has worked 
with the New Hanover Health Network 
since Jime 1998. 

Theodora Merry '96BFA '98MFA/A 
is executive director of the Neighborhood 
School of the Arts in Richmond. Three of 
her soJptures appeared in the Chrysler 
Museimi of Fine Arts' 34th Annual Irene 
Leache Memorial exhibition in Norfolk, 
VA 

Alan Middleton '93BS MS/B 
is an assistant professor of Business 
Management Technology at Ohio 



University in Lancaster. He lives with 
his mfe, Valerie and daughter, Emily 
outside of Columbus, OH. 

Andrew Miller '97MFA/H&S and 
his wife. Inge Hoyer '97BA celebrated 
the birth of their daughter, Hannah on 
January 18, 1999. They hve in Copehagen. 
Andrew's poem The Novel of the Green 
lade was named the Yemasiee award 
winner, appearing in the Summer/Fall 
issue of the magazine. Also, he and John 
Venable '96MFA/H&S edited T/ic Gazer 
Within: Selected Essays by Larry Le\'is, 
which was accepted by the University of 
Michigan Press Poets on Poetry series. 
It should be released this year. 

KeUi Miller '91 BS/MC is a freelance 
science news vvriter and video producer 
in Atlanta, GA. Her clients include The 
Weather Channel, Inside Science TV 
News, SweepsFeed syndicated news service 
and many more. She was in the news 
business for ten years. 

Catherine Minich '96BFA won first 
prize in the annual COLLAB Student 
Design Competition at Temple University 
in Philadelphia, PA. She created a wrist- 
watch from state-of-the-art stereo-lithog- 




In Memory 

Designing a legacy 

l.i 1^ John Ten Eyck Hilton, who ciied tliis March at 83, leaves as 

f^'(^'rr''^J^ '^'^ legacy VCU's Department of Communication Arts and 
Design. As first department chair in 1 952 at what was then 
Richmond Professional Institute, Hilton devoted two decades 
to building communication arts and design into one of the 
largest departments at RPI as well as a nationally renowned 
educational center for graphic design and illustration. 
"Jack Hilton cared deeply about students and brought a 
single-minded zeal to developing the strongest possible programs," said VCU 
colleague, Professor Philip Meggs. Hilton also created photography and film 
programs that later became an independent department at VCU, and were 
recently approved as a new major. 

Before joining RPI's faculty in 1950, Hilton exhibited vndely as a graphic 
designer, landscape designer and painter. He was department head imtil 1970 
when he returned to full-time teaching until he retired in 1982. 

"Not an ivory tower Icind of guy" 

Dr. Leigh Edmimd Grosenick, professor of political science 
and public administration at VCU since 1975, died of 
leukemia this past December at 64. "He loved dealing with 
people and loved his students," said his wife, Elizabeth Lowry 
Andrews. "He stayed in touch with students years after they 
graduated." 

In his first year as director and sole faculty member of a 
master's degree program in public administration, he had 
only two students, she says. But the program grew, and in 1981 he organized a 
doctor of public administration program for the School of Commimity 
Services. Both VCU programs have graduated more than 600 students. 

His wife continues, "He was always interested in ethics, and during the 
mid-1970s, with V\'atergate and the Vietnam War, there was a lot of raw 
material to work with." 

Dr. Nelson Wikstrom, chair of political science and public administration, 
adds, "He was interested in ethics i ot only from a theoretical point of view-he 
wasn't an ivory tower kind of guy-but also in terms of ethics' larger role in the 
governmental work force." 

Grosenick served in Army military intelligence in South Korea in the late 
1950s. He chaired public administration from 1975-81 and 1991-94. He was 
president of the School of Community Service faculty 1983-85. 




raphy based on the theme for the competi- 
tion, "clocks for the New Millennium." 

Catherine (Coppit) Minter '96BS/ 
H&S '96MT is married and lives in 
Chester, VA. 

John Morgan '91MFA is an art 
professor at Sweet Briar College and an 
instructor at the Virginia Museum of Fine 
Arts in Richmond and at the Nimrod 
Artists' Summer Workshop in Bath 
Coimty. His work has been exhibited 
around Virginia, New York, Philadelphia 
and Washington, D.C. John and his wife, 
Charlotte, live in Rockbridge Alum 
Springs, VA. He has a studio in Goshen, 
VA. 

Darren Morris '98MFA/H&S was a 
semi-6nalist for the Nation/Discovery 
Prize and a runner up in the Sow's Ear 
national poetry competition for a single 
poem. He was also a finalist in Story Line's 
national first book prize for a complete 
manuscript and a finalist for a group of 
poems at Writers at Work in Utah. He is 
married to Jessica (Isaacs) Morris 
'97MSW. 

Jonathan Morris '97BA/H8(S married 
Jennifer Proffitt on May 15, 1999. He is a 
financial specialist with First Union. They 
live in Richmond. 

Melanie (Kintigh) New '93MEd 
married James New on September 19, 
1998. She works for Novartis Pharmaceu- 
ticals Corporation in Northern Virginia. 
They live in Old Town Alexandria. 

Joe Nio '93BS/B 'OOMS/MC graduat- 
ed from the Adcenter tiiis May and heads 
for NYC to work for DWEK, a small 
agency diat expects to grow very fast 

*Biljana Obradovic '91MFA/H&S 
started a tenure-track Creative Writing 
Poetry position at Xavier University of 
Louisiana in New Orieans, LA this past fall. 

''Heather (Donaldson) O'Donnell 
'94BFA is working part-time at the James 
A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, 
PA while she finishes her master's in art 
education at Temple University. She also 
substitute teaches in Bucks Count)', PA. 
Heather married Matthew O'Donnell on 
May 1,1999. 

Margaret (Ryan) Ogden '90BS/MC 
married John Ogden on October 3, 1998. 
She is president and founder of MOR 
Public Relations, Inc. in San Francisco, 
where they live. 

Jennifer (Roper) O'Keeffe '97BS/MC 
married John O'Keeffe in April 1999. She 
works for Capital One. 

Colin O'Malley '98BFA is working for 
Mancini and Dully in the World Trade 
Center in Manhattan. Current projects 
include work with Merrill Lynch and tiie 
St. Moritz Hotel near Central Park. 

Kristin Onuf '97MFA is an artist and 
an adjunct professor at Piedmont Virginia 
Community College in Charlottesville, 
VA. Her work combines media of oil, 
collage, charcoal and wax. She is also the 
coordinator of Art Reach. Kristin's works 
have been shown in several one-person 
exhibits in Charlottesville and Richmond. 



Phaedra (Staton) Oubre '94BS/H8cS 

is the director of undergraduate enroll- 
ment at the Savannah College of Art & 
Design in Georgia. She is married to lohn 
Oubre '94BS/B. 

Tracy Pace '92BS/MC returned 
recendy from the Republic of Benin, West 
Africa where he was a Peace Corps volun- 
teer for two years. He was a commimity 
health and development volunteer 
teaching HIV/ AIDS prevention and femily 
planning. He lives in Washington, DC. 

Aaron Perlut '93BS/MC is ommuni- 
cations coordinator for Moseley Harris & 
McClintock, an architecture and engineer- 
ing firm. He lives in Richmond and still 
loves pork by-products. He planned to 
marry in November 1999. 

Larldn Phillips '93PhD/E is Virginia 
Vocational Teacher of the Year. 

lulie (White) Pierce '98MA married 
David Pierce on December 29, 1998. They 
live in East Stroudsburg, PA 

Brian Pike '92BS '94MS '96PhD/H8£S 
is an assistant research professor in the 
Department of Neuroscience at the 
University of Florida, College of Medicine. 
His research involves investigation of 
cellular and molecular mechanisms con- 
tributing to neuronal cell death and neu- 
rodegeneration after traumatic brain 
injury. 

Tanya Piotrowski-Hickam '9 IBS 
'93MS/AH(RC) is a vocational supervisor 
for severely mentally ill adults with 
Commimit)' Alliance in Omaha, NE. She 
received LPC for the state of New Jersey. 
She lives with her husband, Michael in 
Bellevue, NE. 

Albert Pollard '91BS/H8(S married 
Mariah (Mears) PoUard on April 3, 1999. 
They live in Irvington, VA. Albert was 
recently elected to the House of Delegates 
taking Delegate Tayloe Murphy's seat His 
campaign was the "most-watched and 
well-nm races in the state and he was one 
of the few Democrats who won an open 
seat." Albert is the statewide director of the 
Virginia chapter of die Sierra Club as well. 

lohn Mark Power '98BA/H8iS is a 
member of the Billy Carlisle Trio, a jazz- 
meets-Celtic-blue grass group. He plays 
across Virginia at weddings, book stores 
and outdoor festivals. He works with his 
brother as a gardener by day in the 
Waterford area. 

Martha (O'Neal) Pugh '92MS/H&S 
married Gary Pugh Jr. on May 1, 1999. She 
is director of the Victim's Wimess 
Program for the City of Colonial Heights. 

Veronica (Whitlow) Quinley '93BFA 
married Todd Quinley '9 1 BS/B on May 
15, 1999. She works for GTE Wireless and 
is working on her master's degree. He is a 
supervisor for Robbins Landscaping in 
Chester. They live in Richmond. 

Consuella (Barbour) Rapp 
'94BS/Hg!S married Steven Rapp on May 
15, 1999. She is a management analyst in 
Montgomery Coimty where the couple 
resides. 

Michael Reynolds '97BS/B is 
customer operations manager for GTE's 
West District operations. He was in 
telecommunications since 1978 and 



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worked as Access IX-sign scclion manager. 
I le lives with his wife, (;heryl and son, 
Jesse in the l-larrisonbiirg/l{ocl(inghani 
County area. 

Shcrl Reynolds '92MPA/H8<S gave 
the Cjhell Ixcture at VCJU's Library lor 
2000. She is an linglish professor at Old 
Dominion University. I ler novel, The 
Rapture of (muiuii, was chosen tor 
Oprah's Itook C^lub. I ler latest book is A 
Gracious I'kiily. She was a McCjce 
Professor at Davidson College in l99«-99. 

Vanessa (von Schradcr) Roberts 
'95BS/B married John Roberts Jr. in 
October 1998. She is a branch administra- 
tor for ( jble & Wirele.s.s, USA in 
Richmond. 

Whitney Roberts '98BFA is a graphic 
designer for Access Inc. of Roanoke, VA. 

•Anthony Robinson '97BA/H&S is a 
customer support technologies representa- 
tive for Whitehall Robins Healthcare in 
Richmond. He worked for the Daily Planet 
as a substance abuse counselor after gradu- 
ation. 

Kristy Robinson '99BS/H&S began 
her first year in a four-year Doctor of 
Optometry program at Pennsylvania 
College of Optometry of Elkins Park, PA, 
in August, 1999. She was a lab technician 
for Virginia Labs and Consultants. 

Mary (Kalopodes) Saunders '91 BS 
'97MPA/H&S married Michael Saunders 
on August 8, 1998. She works for BAX 
Global Inc. They live in Richmond. 

♦Jacques Scott '94BS/H8(S is assistant 
planner and zoning officer for the Town ot 
Vinton, VA. He received his master's in 
urban planning from the University of 
Virginia. lacques lives in Roanoke, VA. 

Shannon Secrist '93BFA writes, 'I 
have two of the most perfect children in 
the world," Cody and Hunter. She moved 
to Utah with Stacy Swarthout '94BFA 
where they both met and married their 
husbands in a matter of a few months. 
Each has two children now. Shannon 
would love to hear from her pals and says, 
"Noel, where are you?" 

Eric Seidlitz '91BM married Amy 
(Gifford) on January 23, 1999. They live in 
Richmond. 

Sonya Seltzer '91BS/H&S is 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Sheriff in 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Melissa (Dimcan) Short married 
Herbert Short Jr., both '98BS/B in May 
1999. She is a compensation specialist for 
Media General Inc. He is a consultant for 
Keiter Stephens Computer Services Inc. 

Sheri (Broaddus) Short '9DBFA 
married William Short III on October 17, 

1998. She is a senior merchandising 
manager for J.C. Penney Co. Inc. 

Valerie Siddons '93BS/E owns 
Executive Concierge, a fast-growing 
company that supplies Concierges to 
hotels and companies, in Richmond. 

Theresa fVoUenweider) Sims 
'97BS/B married Darreb Sims on May 22, 

1999. She works for Forenboard Federal 
Credit Union. They live in Mechanicsxille, 
VA. 

Adrian Smith '90BS/B opened 
Congress Street Public House, a restaurant 
in the Shenandoah Vallev featuring 



upscale contemporary country axjking, 
last year in New Market, VA. She invites 
everyone to come. 

F-ric Smith '91 MBA is vice president 
in the Akron, Ol I office of UK-S Greiner 
Woodward Clyde (UU.S). I le has been 
with this firm for five years. I le has exper- 
tise in traffic engineering and transporta- 
tion planning from 15 yearsofexperiena; 
in several positions in Richmond and 
( ;oimecticut. Eric was a part-time profes- 
sor at the University of Akron (iraduate 
School of Engineering. 

Jeffrey Smith '94ME<), former recipi- 
ent of the William C. liosher Award for 
Outstanding Academic Achievement, is 
the principal at |ohn M. Gandy 
Elementary School in Hanover County. 
I le has been the principal at Washington 
District School since 1994. 

Mary (Matthews) Smith '94BA/H&S 
married l.ison Smith in October 1998. She 
works in the film industry. 

Ronald Smith Jr. '94BA/H&S married 
Angela (Holloway) Smith in August 1999. 
He works for Capital Management 
Advisory, Inc. 

"Amy (Hundley) Sperber '97MEd 
married Richard Sperber on June 26, 1999. 
She teaches kindergarten in Prince George 
County. They live in Colonial Heights, VA. 

Maranda Stokes '99MSW is a mental 
health clinician for the Employee 
Assistance Program with the Recovery 
Center of Gaston, Lincoln, and Cleveland 
counties in Gastonia, NC. 

Karen (Case) Tanenbaum '90MSW is 
a psychiatric social worker for Kaiser 
Permanent Psychiatric Department in 
Pleasanton, CA. She married Jules 
Tanenbaum on August 21, 1999 and they 
live in Lafayette, CA. 

Christopher Taylor '96 '97BS/B 
married Christine (Kehoe) Taylor on 
September 12, 1998. He is a field techni- 
cian for WANG Inc. They live in Highland 
Springs. 

Daphne (Parrish) Taylor '98MT 
married R.T. Taylor '99BS/B on June 19, 
1999. Daphne works for the Prince George 
Coimty School System and R.T. works for 
Ernst and Young. They live in Chester, 
VA. 

Carrie (Penley) Todd '97BS/MC 
married Monte Todd in August 1999. She 
is an account executive at WRVQ-FM in 
Richmond. 

''Alice Toth '94BFA earned a Master 
of Architecture fi'om Virginia Tech in 
August, 1999. She is a senior designer inte- 
grating products with the Internet at 
ART.COM. She lives in Chicago. 

David Van Gelder '93C/H8(S 
'96MPA is utilities direclor in Winchester, 
VA. He was waste\vater utility administra- 
tor for Richmond's Department of Public 
Utilities. He has worked in utilities for 20 
years and holds a Class I waterworks and 
wastewater operator's license in \'A. He 
and his \vife, .\nne have a son, Weslev. 

"Jeanne Verostko '91BS/B is an 
analyst in the PolicT Compliance 
Department at the United Network tor 
Organ Sharing in Richmond. 

' "Wendy Vick'95BA/H8cS pkms to 
marr^' leremv Willis in October 2000 in 



San Antonio, TX. They mrt al Sl Mary's 
School of I jw, where Wendy graduated 
on May 15, 1999 in San AniJjnio. She was 
president of the «hfX)l'» Public Intcrctt 
Uw A.s«KiaIion.and received Sl Mir/s 
Pro Bono Award. She is an attrjmey with 
Icxas Rural Ix'gal Aid in pcjverty law, 
focusing on the rights of children and 
battered women. Wendy has sarcoid 
sarcoidosis, an immune deficiency diseax 
that affects only 3 pera-nt of the popula- 
tion. Because it is rare and resembles 
pneumonia and tuberculosis, diagnosis 
is difficult, and Wendy would like to raist 
public awareness of it. 

Kenneth Wagner '96BS '97C 
'98MS/H&S is an adjunct faculty member 
at John lyler Community College. He 
received a fellowship to attend the public 
policy PhD program at VCU. He and his 
vflfe live in Sandston. 

Lynette (Purdy) Wakefield 
'95BS/H&S '97BS/AH mamed Carey 
Wakefield on September 4, 1999. She is a 
nuclear medicine technologist at Mary 
Washington Hospital in Fredricksburg, 
VA where they live. 

David Wallis '94MS/H8(S is a 
sergeant with the Richmond Police 
Department where he has served for 12 
years. He received the City of Richmond 
Excellent Pohce Duty Award for 1999. He 
is a member of SWAT and a hazardous 
device technician. 

Jeffrey Warden '92 '95BFA married 
Lisa (Robertson) Warden on March 6, 
1999. He is an upper school art teacher at 
Cape Henry Collegiate School. 

"Julie Watkins '91 BFA '97MT is a 
kindergarten teacher for the Evergreen 
School District in San Jose, CA. She lives in 
Sunnyvale, CA. 

MoUy (Tully) Wenzler '93BA/H8tS 
married Paul Wenzler on September 4 



1 999. She it an intructkiRil dr 
Virf^fna Vima. 

■.aurcn iMvaaoai) WiCant 
'9IBA/H&S married Miri '/iZ^:,^. in 
Oct/*CT 1999. She »ar 
S&K Famrjm Brand* .M 
RJdimond. 

RuthaiuK 'Ranuzewikif Wihoa 
'94BFA married BofaotWann'MBFA 
on.MayH, 1999. Shctiagnphkdaipxr 
for Graver, .Madiewv Smith &Co. in FiCt 
Church, VA. He is manager and xkitjtat,- 
pher at FjcpreMiy Portraiu in .' 
Comer, VA. They live in Alexi!,- •. 

Denim Yeiby '97BS/H&S minkd 
Angela Jackson on July 10, 1999. 

Yvonne Young "WBS/B it doing an 
extensive study on Mended famXo for Dr. 
Pamela Kielcer, chair of VCLT't .Marketing 
Department 

Kevin Zimmennan '90BS/MC fait 
been an editor at the Med6cld Pro* in 
.Medfield, .MA since 1998. 

David Zivan '91MFA it asaodate 
editor o( Chicago Magazme. He con- 
tributed 10 sketch biographies of alfaieiet 
to ESPN SportsCentury in September, 
1999. 



Obituaries 

Robert Hanback '94B A/H&S, wjy much 
ain't, called louUus-nt rr:tsuiiaify rtforud 
his death in the last issue. We apologize fa 

the error. 

1 930s 

Eunice i Bryeri Spi>ey'38MSW 
December 21. 1991 

Roger Grant Jr. NKW .\ugust 12, 
1999, at 86, in ChariottesviDe, V.A. 



In Memory 




"You go into it thinking you can make 
a difference." 

Paul W. Keve '47MS\V, who died October 21 at 86 after a 
lengthy illness, was professor emeritus of \'CL"s Department 
of Criminal Justice. looking back on a long career in the 
field, Keve once said, '"^'ou go into it thinldng you can make a 
difference. It's a stimulating, fascinating experience.'" 

One of \'irginia's first parole and probation oflScers in the 
early 1940s, he was hank about how he \ne\ved prisons-as an 
"artificial, distorted, and degrading cultural sv'stem. Yet \s-e dont see—. :o 
know how to get along without them. ' So Ke^e dexwed his career to changing 
the s)'Stem. He wTote ten books, including The Histor)' of Conectioiis in 
Virginia and Prison life and Human Worth, and numerous artides for pro- 
fessional journals. 

Perhaps most proud of what he called a "phenomenalh- efecti^'e" pn^iam 
for delinquent bo\^ he started in St Louis, Ke\-e belie\-ed "the trouble with 
ordinarv detention is that the kid begins to get used to lock-up and thinks of 
himself as that kind of person. ' The program transformed detention officers 
into caseworkers for tour or five kids instead of the usual dozens, and it turned 
out that "this intense attention-\vhich, at bottom, is what kids in trouble oave- 
works." 

Commissioner of Corrections for Minnesota and director of .\duk 
Corrections in Delaware, he served as a consultant to the \'irginia Department 
of Corrections fi-om 1977-1983. He taught at VCU from 1977 until I9S5. 



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1 940s 

•Mary (Pearsall) Irvin '40/H&S 

February 27, 2000. She was an active 
member of several organizations in the 
Richmond area including the Virginia 
Museum of Fine Arts Council. 

Paul Keve '47MSW Ortober 2 1 , 1 999, 
at 86, in Richmond. He was an administra- 
tor, writer, and professor He was a 
criminal justice expert and one of the first 
probation and parole officers in Virginia. 

Jimmie (WeUs) King '46BS '51MSW 
November 25, 1999, at 74 after a long lung 
illness. She was a professional social 
worker in Richmond. She was married to 
John King '49MSW. 

Betty Peters Moorman '44BSW 
February 24, 1999. 

Ramsay (Richardson) Smith 
'46MS/H&S September 3, 1999, after a 
long Ulness. 

Conrad Wash Sr. '49BS/A February 
22, 2000, at 76, in Richmond. He was a 
U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, an accom- 
plished professional musician and former 
owner of Virginia Office Equipment Co. 
He was a descendent of both Harrison 
presidents of the United States. 

Timothy Whitehead '48BFA '49MFA 
'63MSW June 27, 1999, in Richmond. He 
was a distinguished artist and mentor of 
other artists, an educator, a poet and a pas- 



sionate champion and defender of the 
creative human spirit. In 1981, he retired 
as chief clinical social worker from MCV 
Hospitals. Timothy's work appeared at the 
Main Art Gallery of Richmond in January, 
2000. Proceeds from the sale of his work 
will go to Christian Solidarity Worldwide 
U.S.A to buy people out of slavery in 
the Sudan. 

1 950s 

Frank Akers'56BFA. 
Carol (Foils) Bamett '57BFA 

November 1, 1999, in a car accident. 

Donald Beagle '57BA/H&S January 
16, 2000. He was a disc jockey at WOL in 
Washington and night and weekend 
supervisor at WRC, Washington. For 13 
years he was Dandy Beagle of Dandy 
Beagle and Sooper Dog, Richmond's 
highest rated television program of all time 
on WTVR. He co-chaired Carnivals for 
Dystrophy with Jerry Lewis. He was 
program director for WRVA radio and 
information officer for the Virginia 
Department of Health. He was inducted 
into the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of 
Fame in May, 1999. He served in the U.S. 
Navy from 1948-54. 

Imogene (Murray) Boemanns 
'56BS/NMayl6, 1999,at92. 



Helen (Connell) Boling '56BS/H8cS 

January 15, 2000, at 88, in Columbia, SC. 

Dorothy (Simpson) Bonyata '54BFA 
January 25, 1999. 

William Johnson '51C/A August 21, 
1999 after a long illness. He served in the 
18th Bomb Squadron of the 8th Air Force 
from 1942-45. He was a retired Divisional 
Vice President and Regional Dfrector of 
Stores for the Richmond and Western 
Divisions of Miller and Rhoads. He served 
on several community boards and he was 
an avid golfer 

Caroline (Ganzert) Lund '54BS/E 
December 19, 1999, at 66, in Richmond. 
She taught in Henrico County Schools for 
40 years. 

Irwin Miller '55C/B February 24, 
2000. 

Audrey (Frazier) MiUner '56BS/B 
March 28, 1999. She was an economic 
developer for Pittsylvania Economic 
Development Organization. 

Fredda (Hoffeditz) Smith '59BS/AH 
June 26, 1999. She was an occupational 
tiierapist in the Washington, DC and 
Maryland area, and a prize-winning artist. 

1 960s 

Virginia Chum '65BS/MC in 

Richmond, April 2, 2000, at 58 after a long 
battle with lung cancer. She was an award- 



winning writer for the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch, vmting about real estate since 
1971. Virginia received a lifetime achieve- 
ment award from die Virginia Association 
of Realtors and the Virginia Housing 
Development Authority in February, 2000. 
She was also a charter member of the 
MCV Hospitals Auxiliary. 

Jacob Cohen '66BS/B December 17, 
1999. 

George Connelly Jr. '64 Decem-ber 
22, 1999, at 57. 

Robert Deverick HI '69BS 
'79MS/H&S February 4, 2000, in Colonial 
Heights, VA. He was a U.S. Army veteran 
of the Vietnam conflict and a sociology 
professor at John T)der Community 
CoDege. 

Robert Graham Jr. '69MEd July 30, 
1999, at 85. He served in WWII in the 
South Pacific, Phillippines, and Japan. He 
retired from the army in 1 968 as a colonel. 
He worked for the Virginia Council for 
Higher Education as review and approval 
administrator until 1976. 

Tern (Schuman) Hirsch '69BSW 
'86MEd November 14, 1999, at 52, after a 
long illness. She founded Canterbury 
Community Nursery School in 1977 
where she was a teacher and executive 
direaor until 1998. She was the primary 
department coordinator of Temple Beth El 



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Religious School. Tcrri was a founding 
(acuity member of a new Univcrsily of 
Virginia ( jmlinuing Fxlucalion profes- 
sional program for nannies, preschool 
teachers and child-care providers. 

Marvin I.indscy '68BS/MC February 
14, 2000, in Kailua-Kona, I lawaii. 

Ijnwood I-ockhart '60BS/MC 
October 24, 1999, in Hichmond, at 66. He 
was president of I.in l.i)ckhart AdverlLsing 
Agency. He served in the Army and was a 
private pilot. 

Marvin Phelps '65BS/B October 23, 

1999, at 5«, in Richmond. He was a self- 
employed CI'A. 

Carrol (Andrews) Robcrson '60/SW 
December 15, 1999, at 62, in Richmond. 

1 970s 

Steven Altizer '72/A February 2 1 , 

2000, at 46, in Richmond. He was a 
veteran of the U.S. Air Force. 

Katherine Beasley '72BS 77MEd 
February 16, 2000, at 50. She was a long 
time employee of Bell Atlantic and a 
Sunday school teacher of 30 years. 

Louise Brock 74MEd February 26, 
2000, at 79. She was the retired math 
department chair of Douglas Freeman 
High School in Richmond. She taught 
there for 21 years. 



Mr. Charles Lind Smith 
Ms. Barbara R. Souders 
Ms. Tricia L. Spinner 
Mrs. Margaret Soiari Stebbins 
Ms. Nancy L. Stevenson 
Mrs. Fiona Marissa Strohecker 
Mr. Keith H. Strohecker 
Mr. Steven 0. Suessmann 
Ms. Elise H. Switz 
Ms. Alice A. Talmadge 
Mr. Stuart W. Taylor 
Dr. Jodi L. Teitelman 
Ms. Katherine Terment 
Ms. Jean F. Thomas 
Mrs. Elaine C. Thompson 
Mrs. lanet Michael Trotter 
Mr. Richard H. Trotter 
Mrs. lewel Brown Tnrpin 
Ms. Wendy K.Vick 
Mr. Thomas J. Vorenberg 
Mr. R. Eric Wammock 
Mrs. Sheri Isaac Wammock 
Ms. Judy B. Warren 
Mr. Tom H. Warren 
Mrs. Adrien Goldman Watson 
Mrs. Carolyn Kellett Wehle 
Mr. John D. Wilkinson 
Mr. Russell D.Williams Jr. 
Mr. W. Earl Willis 
Mr. Edward H. Yates 
Dr. James R. Yeakel 
Ms. Elizabeth A. Yevich 
*Mrs. Olinda F. Young 
Mr. David H. Zimmerman 

* denotes AAAC Life Member 



Joseph Cartledge 79BS/H8(S 

November 16, 1999, in Atlanta, at 43, Ik- 
was a member of ( )mega I'si f hi 
Fraternity, I'hi Delta C:hapter. 

Katherine Q-phas 79ME<i January 
28, 2000, at 66. She was a retired educator 
and administrator for the Richmond City 
Public .Schools. 

Panchila Cline 7 1 BS/H&S February 
6, 2000, at M, in ( :hesler, VA. She and her 
husband, Custis Cline operated I lome 
Fxiuipment Co., a combined f.xxon fias 
Station and G.F. Appliance Store in 
Chester for 35 years. They had six children. 
Panchita was also a member of the John 
Rolfe Players, a local community theater 
group. 

Anne Friend 77MEd November 3, 

1999. She was a retired teacher of elemen- 
tary education and the talented and gifted 
program. She was a member of the 
Commonwealth D.A.R. and the Tuckahoe 
Women's Club. 

Mark Fuller 72BFA February 2,000, 
at 51. He was vice president and executive 
creative director for Mumford Marketing 
Communica-tions in Richmond. Mark 
won gold medals in the New York Art 
Directors annual show, silver medals in 
The One Show and best-in-show awards 
in Advertising Club of Richmond compe- 
tition. He also worked at several other 
firms in Richmond and Chicago. 

James Garland 77BS/B January 6, 
1999. 

Elias Gonzales 79BS/H&S November 
26, 1999, at 53. He worked at the Barber 
Veterinary Supply Co. He was a Vietnam 
veteran. 

Robert Hauser 72BS/B January 3, 

2000, at 50. He was retired from the 
Vuginia Department of Transportation. 

Victor Indrisano 75MS 78PhD/H&S 
October 5, 1994. 

Ralph Johnson 76MEd May 19, 
1999. 

Edwin Legg70BS/E August 10, 1999. 

Karen (Bales) Lewis 79MEd 
December 17, 1999. 

Barbara McGhee 72BS/H&S June 25, 
1999, at 50. She was public affairs officer 
for the Social Security Administration in 
Richmond and active in the Arthritis 
Foundation. 

Joseph Nicholas 72AS/En December 
31, 1999, at 53. He worked for the 
Department of Transportation and was a 
Deacon for Sandston Baptist Chiu^ch. He 
was Master and Past District Deputy- 
Grandmaster of Sandston Masonic Lodge 
#216 AF & AM. Joseph was aii Eagle Scout, 
veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and retired 
from the Air National Guard. 

Janie Quarles 79MEd January- 6, 
2000. 

♦Michele Reichelt 79BS/H&S May 
13, 1999, at 42. She received her MBA ' 
from Averett College in May, 1993. She 
was a retired GM- 14 Contract Officer & 
Supervisor for the Ballistic Missile Defense 
Organization at the Department of 
Defense. She was a member of the 
National .'\ssodation of Retired Federal 
Emplovees (NARFE). 

Richard Scheele 73BS/E November3, 
1999, in Mechanics\-ille, \'\. He w-as a 



tcacheral J.R.TuckcrMighSch'XjI. Hewa» 
also Seoul .MartCT of Bfjy Seoul Trrxip 535 
and president of the l-ee Davit High 

SchfKjl Band IVxAters, 

1 980s 

Marjoric Dulaney Bishop '81 MEd 

November 1 '''''' ' ' ' 

George (..rin;- r' r. \/Hf!cS April?, 
1999. He was a spccLii agent for the Drug 
Enforcement Administration. He was aUo 
a commissioned offiaT for the U.S. 
Marine Orps and worked for PRC. 

Matthew Johnson '89BS/B '91 MBA 
July i 0, 1 999, at 36. He was the Director of 
Scan Verification for Retail Data Services. 

Catherine (Rcxrodej Koren '8IMSW 
August 28,1999, at 50. 

Margaret Petric '87ME<1 January 26, 
2000. 

Elena (Taylor) Robertson '82MSW 
June 12, 1999, at 74. She was a retired 
executive secretary and director of social 
services for the Memorial Hospital of 
Martins-ville and Henry County. She 
performed home health social work and 
home care for the Martinsville Dialysis 
Center. 

Donna Sexton '84BS/B August 1 5, 
1996. 

1 990s 

*Jane Adams '90MA September 22, 
1999, after a long illness, at 67. She was 
active in several organizations in and 
around Hanover, NH where she lived. 

Victoria Katen '94BFA August 13, 
1999, at 50, in Blacksburg, VA She \vas an 
artist and an educator. She taught at 
Ferrum College, Virginia Tech, Mar)' 



Wathingl/^n <■> 
Virginia '.>;!. 
inglllir,- 
DC. St.- 

Sculp!', - 

ofihe', 

Sc/,- 
1998,3- 

studio in Spru^cr, N.M Ht ■■ 
trail hilfcr and muuc k, . - 

Qiri>to|iherSnii' 
September 2, 1999. a;- 

Septembtr, 1999, at 24. in a '.i- 



FriendsofVCU 

Ccdlia "CeO" BuOard October 2, 

1999, at 53, in Richmond. CedBa v«a> an 
art critic and odumniit fii>r the Ric^tnHnl 
Ttma-iHspmch and wrote for Slyk Weekly. 
She taught art history at VCU for teveial 
years until 1 972, and she was abo a 
founding member of die .MCV HixputKf 
House. Cecilia also operated the 
Richmond Saddlery. 

Phyllis Coleman .March 3, 2000, in 
Roanoke, at 81 She was an active commu- 
nity leader. She also was an extensive 
ballroom dancer, accomplished aitisi, 
inleUectual, and world tiavder. FhyDtt set 
up the CaroKTi Coleman Slone .Memoral 
Scholarship for .MC\' and \'CX' in honor 
of her daughter, Carolyn (Coleman) 
Stone '65BS/P. 

Esdier (Ballentine) ReiDy SW' 
November 15, 1999, at 65. She was a 
retired social worker from Jewish FamSy 
Services, the \"irginia Department of Socid 
Services and the Mental Health 
Department 




In Memory 

Friend and Mentor 

Dr. John "Jack " G. Corazzini, director of VClfs Coiinseliiig 
Services since 1980 and graduate-le\'el teacher in the 
Departments of Ps\'cholog\- and Ps)-chiatr)-, died September 
23 after complications from heart surger)'. He was national]\- 
recognized for his work helping parents and their children 
prepare for college and adjust to changes alter students 
enrolled. "Jack was passionate about the importance of coun- 
sehng in helping students complete their academic studies 
with success," said Dr. Henn- Intone, \-ice provost tor student aliairs. 
Corazzini's research focused on grief and bereavement 

Rhone continues, "he pro\ided cxtraordinar)* leadership for Uni^iersin' 
Coimseling Semces. Jack worked hard at making his counseling staff reach 
out to students, rather than waiting for them to come to the center. I miss him 
as a fnend and a colleague." Thanks to Corazzini's leadership, \'CU 
Cotmseling Senices is nationally known for its woric in training doctoral can- 
didates in psycholog)- and ps\'chiatr)'. 

Clinical Social Worker Kristi \'era said Corazzini w^ "always willing to 
share his heart and kno\s'ledge. He helped students sutn-tv? with lifesJdlls." 

Corazzini sened on the editorial board of the Journal of Cotmseling 
Psycholog)' and was a member of the N'irgjnia Psvchological Association, the 
Virginia Academy of Clinical Ps\-chologists and the Miginia Board of 
Psxcholog)-. He also was on the ad\Tson- board of Cancer Rehabilitation and 
Continuing Care at \'Cl."s Medical College of XTrgjnia Hospitals. 

The family requests that memorial donations be made for Neuromuscular 
Research at MC\" Hospitals, MC\' Foundation, P.O. Bos 9S0234: RkAtnond. 
\'A 23298-0234. 



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Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year 
degree/school 

Schools 

A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

(CLS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

CPP Center for Public Policy 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 

MC Mass Communications 

N Nursing 

NTS Nontraditional Studies/ 
University Outreach 

P Pharmacy 

SW Social Work 



AS Associate's Degree 

C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 

BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary 

Studies 
BFA, IMFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 
BSW.MSW Bachelor, Master of Social 

Work 
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of 

Music, Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

Administration 
MAE Masterof Art Education 
MBA Master of Business 

Administration 
MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA.DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

Administration 
MT Five-year Teacher Education 

program includes a BA or BS/H&S 

and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional 

Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 









Like a tropical rainforest, VCU's nine schools, Qtllege of Humanities and Sciences, and 
Non-Traditional Studies program make up a richly diverse ecology. Each of our Alumni 
Stars makes an essential contribution to the world — not only in medicine, nursing, 
pharmacy or business, but in the arts and education. To live, we need all of you. 




Nontraditional Studies Program 
Alice Schreiner '97BGS/NTS '98MEd 

For 50 years, Schreiner has served the 
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. in every role from 
troop leader, to master trainer, director of 
outdoor programs for Virginia to 
representing U.S. Girl Scouts at an 
international trainers conference in India. 

A life-long leanner, she returned to 
school at 71 to finish two degrees, 

graduating magna cum 
laude. Aliceisalsoa 
volunteer trainer and 
standards visitor for the 
Amencan Camping 
Association and a First 
Aid and CPR instructor 
for the Red Cross. 



"It just never occurred to 
me that I couldn 't learn. " 



School of Medicine 

Jeffery Taubenberger '88M0 '87PhD 

Chief of the Division of Molecular 
Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of 
^^^^^^H Pathology. Some of 
^^H|^^| Taubenberger's most 
HBnj^^B significant research 
^^ft''* "^l was toward 
Hfc -^'r^H characterizing the virus 
V^k|_^H that caused the 1918 
^^ ^^^1 influenza outbreak, 

^^BlS^H people worldwide. 

"I feel I have been able to actually 
do what I dreamed of while in 
school, to combine basic research 
and clinical medicine in an 
integrated way. " 

School of Nursing 

Patricia Rowell '70BS/H&S '74BS/N 

'90PhD/AH 

Senior Policy Fellow with the 
Department of Nursing Practice of the 
American Nurses Association, Rowell leads 
the ANA'S national 
initiative on safety and 
quality of patient care. 
She is a member of 
President Clinton's 
Advisory Commission 
on Consumer Protection 
and Quality in the 
Health Care Industry. 





School of Education 

Susan Noble '94BA/H&S '96MT 

Noble teaches first graders at Gayton 
Elementary School in Henrico County 
Governor James 
Gilmore appointed her 
to the Virginia State 
Board of Education, 
where she was involved 
in developing the 
State's new Standards 
of Leaming. 

"Teaching b an immensely 
gratifying, especially teaching 
first grade. My students make 
amazinggains academically 
and soaatly in that one year. " 

School of Dentistry 
Ralph Anderson '70DDS 
'75Certificate in Orthodontics 

In 1 965, Anderson was only the third 
African-American to enroll at the MCV 
School of Dentistry. Now a successful 
orthodontist with three Richmond offices, he 

has taught orthodontics 

in the School of 

Dentistry 

since 1976. 

He was named a 

Fellow in the American 

College of Dentistry 

in 1998 

"/ enjoyed being here. It's a 
unique place. And it's the 
place I wanted to be. " 

School of Business 

Thomas Snead Jr. '76BS Accounting 

President and CEO of Trigon Blue Cross 
Blue Shield, Snead joined the company in 
1985, was elected president and COO in 

1997, and assumed his 
present position in 
1999. He was a major 
force in taking Trigon 
public, a complex and 
demanding move that 
gave the organization 
new capital and energy. 

"Running a large company is 
all about communicating. " 





"It's really about how 
organizatiotis impact 
on people." 



Schoolof Social Work 
Cathy Pond '76 BSW '80MSW 

Executive Director of the Richmond 

EMM VWCA, manages 
^^M child care programs, 
^H the shelter for 
''^H battered women, 
. JH cnsis intervention 
^9 services, and 
^^1 counseling for 
^^M survivors of 
^H sexual assault 

"/ received the core values that 
guide me today from VCU. 
Commitment to social justice, 
high ethical standards and 
being an agent of change. " 

School of Allied Health Professions 
John Nagelhout CRNA. Ph.D. 
'75Post-Certificate Nurse Anestliesia 

Director of the School of Anesthesia at 
Kaiser Pemianente, Califomia. A leading 
researcher on 
anesthetic drugs, 
Nagelhout co-authored 
the major textbook in 
nurse anesthesia, and 
has been associate 
editor of the AANA 
Journal since 1992. 

"The people I worked with at 
the University were very profes- 
sional and down to earth. Tliey 
knew their business. " 

School of the Arts 
Melissa McElhatton '92BA 
Fashion Merchandizing 

Senior market editor at Mademoiselle 
magazine, scouting fashion on both coasts 
for new designers and trends. IVlcElhatton's 
first break was a feature Sassy magazine ran 
on the Eye. a fashion magazine Melissa 
started as a student at VCU. She parlayed 
the connection into an 
intemship at Sassy. 
which led to an 
intemship and ttien a 
job as fashion marlcet 
assistant at H»per's 
Bazaar. Then fashion 
market editor with 
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"Vie \ ^CU facult)' made me 
think nothing was impossible, " 





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"Afy approach has always been 
to simply care for the patient " 

College of Humanities and Sciences 

Richard Robertson 'S7BS 

v-iu is presioent of »Vafrei ofotrers 

Domestic Television Ostriirtian seSng 

major hit shows lite Friends, ER, Drew Carey 

andRosieO'Donnell. 

As chair of VCUs successful Fanner's 

for Progress campaign, he laurhed the drive 
bir anuumg hrs 
mJlton-doBar planned 
gift In the last year of 
the campa^i he made 
a second major gift 
naming the Kchanj T. 
Robertson Akfin 
House. 

"Working while attending 
classes connected theory with 
real world experience^ and 
gave me a big head start in 
the business world " 

School of Basic Health Sciences- 
School of Medicine 
Susan Carfton 'SZPh.D. 

:■:■;;;: ;-:-;•:-. anc 
Neunjscr-:;; r: ; ~e~^ber of the Marine 
Biomedica r:/; r-^ University of 
TexasMeoicaiB'; ~' -mi'n 
internationally PC ^ .-^ronpaii. 

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"My approiwh to ntnning 
a siiccessfid lab is creating a 
team wliere eadi person is 
aware tliat tfieir acttiities are 
important in the big picture. " 




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Marc Ferrera '99 BS Biology/H&S 

Virginia Commonwealth University 
First-year student in School of Medicine, 
MCV Campus of VCU 
Member of VCU Alumni Association 

Marc is going to medical school on 
a Navy scholarship. Besides their 
scientific bent, Lucille and Marc have 
the Philippines in common — Marc's 
mother is Filipino. "I like helping 
people. My mom is a nurse, and 
medicine is afield where there's 
always something more to learn. 
I like that challenge. " His plans 
(this week) are to go into internal 
medicine, "maybe gastroenterology." 



Lucille Anderson Baber '39 BS 
Med Tech 

Richmond Professional Institute 
Member of MCV Alumni Association. 

"Andy" did industrial research for 
Philip Morris, where she met her 
husband, Clinton Baber. She has 
"volunteered all my life. " While living 
in Venezuela and the Philippines, 
she raised funds with the American 
Association of University Women to 
send young women to U.S. graduate 
schools, helped set up schools for blind 
and deaf children, and taught herself 



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